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US: China: 99 deaths in the floods, the foreign media criticized

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China stated on Thursday of a new report of 99 dead during the floods of last week in the center of the country, while the communist regime criticized the media foreigners for their coverage.

  Chine: 99 morts dans les inondations, les médias étrangers critiqués © China Daily via Reuters

China reported on Thursday of a new 99 dead assessment during the floods of last week in the center of the country, while the communist regime criticized the foreign media for their coverage. A previous balance sheet referred to the day before 73 people, but additional bodies were discovered in the province of Henan, reported local authorities. Torrential rains hit the provincial capital, Zhengzhou on July 20th. In three days had fallen the equivalent of nearly a year of rainfall - from ever seen in six decades of weather statements.

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A metro trace had been engulfed, which had made at least 14 deaths among some 500 passengers trapped at the rush hour. Covering these events, several foreign reporters were taken over by some suspicious or hostile residents who accused journalists wanting to present China under a bad day. An AFP team has been surrounded by twenty people, some demanding to remove shots.


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"The indignation of the Chinese people"

surveyed Thursday, the spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Zhao Lijian, indirectly justified these behaviors , that he put on the account "the indignation of the Chinese people" towards the "false information" distributed regularly by "some Western media". A BBC reporter had been named on social networks by the provincial committee of the Communist Youth League, who had called upon to monitor his facts and gestures - a message then removed. Zhao Lijian accused the journalist, in a report on floods, to have "ignored the Chinese government's efforts to organize the relief and the courage of the inhabitants to save". "There is no love or hatred without reason," said the spokesperson at the address of the BBC which he accuses broadcast "false news".

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A journalist from German radio Deutsche Welle, apparently confused with his colleague from the BBC, had been taken over by locals. The British media group protested against this denunciation, as well as the foreign correspondent club in China (FCCC). "The rhetoric of organizations affiliated with the Communist Party directly threatens the physical integrity of foreign journalists in China and their freedom of reporting," the FCCC said. For any reply, Mr. Zhao felt that the BBC deserved "his unpopularity with the Chinese", and accused the FCCC to "deform the facts and present a dark vision of the journalistic work environment in China". "As long as foreign journalists respect the law and carry out their reports in accordance with laws and regulations, there is no need to worry," said the spokesperson.

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