WUHAN residents have blasted a report on coronavirus produced by the BBC saying whisteblowers must have been “brain washed”.
Those living in the Chinese city have accused some Western media outlets of having a “sour grapes” mentality after news items were released marking one year since Wuhan locked down.
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Reports marking a year since Wuhan locked down have not been welcomed by those in the city[/caption]
People living in the Chinese city have said some Westerners have a ‘sour grapes’ mentality[/caption]
The BBC released its latest report on Tuesday, produced by Beijing correspondent John Sudworth, which labelled Wuhan “ground zero” and “where the pandemic began”.
Those living in China pointed out apparent camera tricks such as dark lighting, with some commenting these were “typical camera techniques to give the audience an impression of suppression and disorder”, according to the Global Times.
As the video circulated on social media, another wrote: “Interviewees who cannot say what they want must have been brainwashed, and Sudworth will use his emotional voiceover to tell the truth.”
In the piece, interviewees told Sudworth that the virus was from other places and China was in fact a victim, which the journalist described as “a remarkable new narrative.”
Speaking to the Global Times, Wuhan resident Ye Meng accused some media outlets of always finding a way to “attack China”.
“We all lived through the lockdown. Why is it that what Fang Fang said must be the truth, and others’ words must be the results of propaganda?,” Ye said.
“No matter what the interviewees said, those Western media outlets will always find an angle to attack China.
A BBC report produced by John Sudworth has been slammed by Wuhan residents[/caption]
“Bias is so deeply embedded in some foreigners’ minds that they cannot admit China’s success in any field.”
Those living in China have slammed BBC reports before, including when an incorrect map was reportedly used in a video piece about Wuhan.
Meanwhile, an article from the New York Times also came under fire after it warned China against “forgetting the pain after a scar heals”, which citizens commented exposed the “sour grapes” mentality of some Westerners.
A woman who was born in Wuhan but now lives in Beijing told the Global Times: “What do the New York Times and BBC expect from us? Crying all day long?
“No, we are busy creating a better life.”
It comes after a Wuhan doctor claimed he warned officials Covid was jumping from person to person week before China told the world.
Speaking in a new BBC documentary, the medic, who wished to remain anonymous, said Chinese officials bullied medical staff into keeping quiet.
In the bombshell BBC documentary, called 54 Days, the doctor said they knew the virus was “out of control”.
He explained how by January 10 the respiratory department of the Wuhan hospital where he worked had been full yet officials refused to allow and him or his colleagues to speak to anyone or wear face masks.
The doctor said: “It was out of control, we started to panic.
“Everyone knew it was human-to-human transmission, even a fool would know.
“So why say there was none? This made us very confused and very angry.”
The 54 days refers to the time period between the first known cases and the first day of lockdown in Wuhan.
Coronavirus was first identified in the city on December 31, 2019
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