Sáb. Ene 28th, 2023

The World Cup is a soccer tournament watched around the world, but Chinese state media has been accused of not giving its fans the full picture.

The allegation appeared on social media during matches between Japan and Costa Rica, Australia and Tunisia, and Croatia and Canada, according to the South Morning Post. Chinese state television interrupted fans in Qatar who were in the maskless crowd as they deal with protests of «zero-COVID» policies.

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Protesters hold candles as they march in Beijing, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022. Protesters angered by strict anti-virus measures called for the resignation of China’s powerful leader, an unprecedented rebuke as authorities in at least eight cities struggled to crack down on the Sunday demonstrations representing a rare direct challenge to the ruling Communist Party.
(AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Mark Dreyer, an insider for China Sports, flagged the broadcasts. Some of his tweets were deleted.

In one case, the Western broadcast showed fans in the stands cheering for their countries, while the Chinese broadcast cut out the coaches during breaks in the action.

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The alleged censorship came as Chinese President Xi Jinping faces nationwide protests against his «zero-COVID» policy.

Protesters hold blank papers and chant slogans as they march in protest in Beijing, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022. Protesters angered by strict anti-virus measures called for the resignation of China's powerful leader, an unprecedented rebuke as authorities in al At least eight cities were fighting to suppress Sunday's demonstrations that represent a rare direct challenge to the ruling Communist Party.

Protesters hold blank papers and chant slogans as they march in protest in Beijing, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022. Protesters angered by strict anti-virus measures called for the resignation of China’s powerful leader, an unprecedented rebuke as authorities in al At least eight cities were fighting to suppress Sunday’s demonstrations that represent a rare direct challenge to the ruling Communist Party.
(AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Demonstrators took to the streets over the weekend in protests not seen since the 1989 student-led pro-democracy movement created in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. Most of the protesters were angered by the restrictions that confine families to their homes for months. The policy has been criticized for being neither scientific nor effective. Some yelled at Xi to step down and give up power to him.

Chinese President Xi Jinping waves at an event to introduce the new members of the Politburo Standing Committee at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 23, 2022.

Chinese President Xi Jinping waves at an event to introduce the new members of the Politburo Standing Committee at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 23, 2022.
(AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)

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Shanghai police used pepper spray to scare off protesters and dozens were rounded up in police raids and taken away in police vans and buses.

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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