Chinese Media Censors Hu's Comments on Human Rights
President's concession largely unreported
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jan 21, 2011 8:45 AM CST
President Barack Obama and China's President Hu Jintao takes part in a joint news conference, , Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011, in the East Room of the White House in Washington.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(Newser) – Chinese media loudly heralded Hu Jintao's trip to the US—but it has hardly said a word about his recent comments on human rights, the Washington Post reports. Discussing the matter with President Obama at a joint news conference, President Hu said “a lot still needs to be done in China, in terms of human rights.” But China’s official news agency, Xinhua, didn’t mention the comment—or the human rights discussion itself; nor did state newspaper the People’s Daily.

The agency’s English-language website did mention human rights in its reporting, but it didn’t publish the quotation. The main Chinese TV station didn’t show the conference in question, nor did its website have video; a BBC clip aired in China cut off after "a lot still needs to be done." Some Chinese websites mentioned Hu’s statement, but largely didn’t allow reader comments, the Post notes.

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Jan 21, 2011 10:08 AM CST
That's what it would be like if Fox News controlled all media in the USA: all references to human rights would be omitted.
Jan 21, 2011 9:09 AM CST
Whatever. When I want to see a story about someone getting run over by a truck or train and caught on tape... AMERICA will censor it. Go to a Chinese website like and you get to see the whole picture UN edited. Remember the children's bodies they found floating in a Chinese river? AMERICAN news told you they were aborted babies dumped from a hospital. They were 2 to 4 year olds who had died from a disease and the burial site was washed out by a flood. The real pics and video were posted over there. Banned here. This is just another propaganda move to get you to hate the Chinese. What a crock.