Journalists should speak for party: Chinese official

March 27th, 2012 - 6:31 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, March 27 (IANS) A telephone interview with a Chinese government official has drawn a lot of hits after it went online after he said journalists should speak for the Communist party, not people.

Wen Yongdong, a city official posted in southwest Guiyang province, was heard talking to a TV reporter that “journalists are the mouthpiece of the party. You have got to be clear on which side you stand”.

According to Shanghai Daily, he was interviewed Saturday about a dispute concerning a damaged car in the parking lot that belonged to his office. Wen felt irritated when the reporter wanted to interview him.

“I’m a government emissary. Ask your managing editor to contact me for the interview. You want to meet me? You got to be kidding?” he said.

A Netizen commented: “In the eye of some government officials, journalists are nothing but their subordinates.”

Realizing his inappropriate remarks, Wen contacted the TV and said he was willing to settle the dispute, the Nanfang Daily reported.

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