China media: CIA report

Anti-torture protester in Washington (2008) Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption There have been serious concerns in the US about the use of torture against terror suspects for many years

State media criticise the US over its "human rights record" after a report revealed that the CIA used "brutal" interrogation techniques on al-Qaeda suspects.

According to a US Senate report, the CIA carried out "brutal" interrogations of al-Qaeda suspects in the years after the 9/11 attacks on the US.

The summary of the report, compiled by Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said the CIA had misled Americans about what it was doing.

Several Chinese media outlets are following developments closely. Sina web portal and the Shanghai's Dongfang Satellite TV have highlighted the extent of the CIA's "brutality".

State-run Xinhua News Agency criticises the US over the report.

"America is neither a suitable role model nor a qualified judge on human rights issues in other countries, as it pertains to be. Yet, despite this, people rarely hear the US talking about its own problems, preferring to be vocal on the issues it sees in other countries, including China," says the news agency.

"Perhaps the US government should clean up its own backyard first and respect the rights of other countries to resolve their issues by themselves," it adds.

The news agency's Chinese website is running a dedicated special page on the report. Most reports on the page are critical of Washington's treatment of prisoners.

"'Guardian of Human Rights', how long more can the US pretend?," says the title of the page.

The page includes an excerpt from Ta Kung Pao, a pro-Beijing Hong Kong paper, criticising Washington's hypocrisy.

"The report will be powerful evidence that will totally unveil the ugly human rights mask of the US and will serve a heavy blow to its credibility and international image," the excerpt reads.

'Immoral behaviour'

Meanwhile, some papers shine a spotlight on the "post-Occupy Central era" after a Hong Kong court ordered the clearance of the protest camp.

The Global Times' Chinese edition urges the students to respect the law and end the movement peacefully.

The editorial foresees that Hong Kong will soon enter into the "post-Occupy Central era" to "reconstruct politics and the rule of law".

"The Hong Kong society will now see the power and determination of the central government. But society is likely to be divided - some may trust Beijing more, while others may further distance themselves from the mainland," predicts the daily.

Elsewhere, China's anti-graft watchdog has invited overseas whistle-blowers to help arrest corrupt officials.

The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection has set up a website to help Chinese citizens report officials who stash illegal money abroad.

"Credible reports on clues of party members and public officials who have fled or transferred suspected corruption proceeds abroad are encouraged," says the watchdog,

"Specialised staff will be designated to handle the reports in a timely manner and the rights of whistle-blowers will be protected in accordance with law," it adds.

And finally, state media outlets remind officials that the rules of the Communist Party are "stricter than the national law" and warn against any "immoral behaviour".

"The Communist Party of China's (CPC) rules are more strict than the national law… The ruling CPC orders all members to be strict with themselves as they are 'vanguard of the Chinese nation'," the Xinhua News Agency says.

Zhou Yongkang, one the most senior party members, was arrested and expelled from the party last week.

He was accused of "committing adultery with a number of women and traded his power for sex and money", the news agency reports.

"Immoral behaviour, such as adultery, will lead to warnings and punishment for party members… Adultery is not considered a crime in China, but it is increasingly common in disciplinary punishment within the party," it adds.

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