China is pushing back against accusations that it is carrying out wide-spread human rights abuses in the autonomous region of Xinjiang, including forced-labor in cotton farms. One artist in particular has created a digital propaganda campaign that mocks criticism of the conditions in Xinjiang. The adage that one cannot remove dust from another’s eye while having sand in theirs describes the propaganda. It is a really interesting development reported by Reuters:
A digital illustration by a prominent Chinese propaganda artist mocking Western governments, media and businesses critical of labour conditions in Xinjiang has gone viral on China’s social media.
The digital art by the artist who goes by the name Wuheqilin, referring to a one-horned Chinese mythical beast, shows two figures with white pointed hoods interviewing a scarecrow in a field of cotton and Black slaves.
One of the journalists holds up a microphone with a logo that looks similar to “BBC News”.
At the bottom of the illustration reads: “Can you tell us what unfair treatment you have suffered, Miss Scarecrow?”
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