This image is all over Chinese discussion boards. Web-users are saying that the photo, published by CNN, proves that the American channel is manipulating information about the Tibet crisis in order to cast China in a negative light.
In comments posted on Hong Kong and Chinese discussion forums like Shanghaining and 28discuss.com, Chinese Internet users accuse CNN of editing images of the unrest in Tibet in order to omit evidence of Tibetans acting violently. The critics say that in the version of the photo published by CNN (on the left), for example, CNN intentionally cropped out the Tibetan rioters who appear to be throwing stones at a military van. CNN denies the allegation, saying the image in question was cropped because of space constraints on the CNN Web site and that the organization's coverage has been impartial (see full statement below).
"CNN is known to bend the truth in its reports."
"They did the same thing in Iraq."
"[The riots in Tibet] were orchestrated by the west."
"There were nothing but vandals."
Comment from China specialist Cai Chongguo on the controversy:
Having reviewed the vast content used on cnn.com to reflect the ongoing situation in Tibet, CNN not only stands by its decision to publish this particular image, but also refutes all allegations by bloggers that CNN distorts its coverage of the events in Tibet to portray either side in a more favourable light.
CNN's editorial mission is to report global news accurately and impartially and our online coverage through the use of words, images and video, always reflects a wide range of opinions and points of view.
We have published images showing violence by Tibetans against the Chinese -- see yesterday's story which shows Tibetan youths attacking a Chinese man:
We have also published video from the Chinese media apparently showing Tibetans attacking Chinese interests in Lhasa.