Monday, June 06, 2005

Chinese propaganda recycles Amnesty's 'gulag' allegation against US

The Chinese government is making hay out of Amnesty International's denunciation of the US detention centers for terrorists as a "gulag."

Through its controlled propaganda agency Xinhua, the Chinese government also echoed Amnesty International's unsubstantiated accusation against Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld as an "apparent high-level architect of torture."

Xinhua did include a top Amnesty International figure's admission that he had "no idea" whether or not his allegation against Rumsfeld was true.

However, it failed to mention the Amnesty leader's acknowledgement that the "gulag" metaphor was an exaggeration. Reuters did quote the admission: "Clearly this is not an exact or a literal analogy."


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