CNN “Suppressed Senkaku Ramming Video Leak”


The man who leaked the Senkaku ramming video reports that he first sent the video to CNN, but that they ignored it, forcing him to resort to YouTube.

Sengoku38, the coast guard official who leaked a damning video of a Chinese ship ramming a coast guard vessel to YouTube, reports he first sent the video to the Tokyo branch office of CNN, but that “they didn’t broadcast it, so I decided to upload it myself.”

He apparently sent the video to CNN on an SD card, though without an accompanying explanation. CNN’s Tokyo office only responds “We are making absolutely no comment about this matter.”

Internationally, CNN has generally been criticised for being anti-Chinese rather than pro-Chinese, reflecting concerns about Tibet and human rights strongly in its reporting on China, whereas in Japan it is the usually the left which is pro-Chinese.

Connected to all this is likely the fact that CNN’s Japanese branch “CNNj” is in fact not an independent international news organisation as Sengoku38 probably assumed, but is actually a joint venture with one of Japan’s own unreliable media conglomerates, in this case Asahi.

Asahi themselves are the most left-wing and pro-Chinese of Japan’s major media organisations, and their reporting praised the government’s decision to release the Chinese captain whilst playing down the footage when it finally came to light. It does not seem likely they would have aired the footage themselves.

As a final irony, Asahi actually published an editorial criticising Sengoku38 for uploading the video to YouTube rather than sending it to them or another of Japan’s media companies, saying it they would be better placed to bring it to the people’s attention and suggesting he was simply hungry for glory.

Japanese media reported extensively on the leak after it was posted to YouTube, although after he admitted he was responsible the government demanded he be arrested, a threat it was forced to abandon due to the obvious absurdity of charging him after it had interfered in the courts to get the Chinese captain released.

Should CNN actually have overlooked the video sent by accident rather than intent, as a supposedly modern media organisation it has been suggested they deserve just as much censure for being unable or unwilling to inspect the contents of an SD card as if they had deliberately suppressed the contents.

Whatever the reason, CNN’s presumed decision to ignore what would have been a huge scoop at the expense of China and Japan’s leftist government is being greeted with a great deal of scepticism – many in Japan now regard their traditional media’s censorship abilities as being on par with those of China itself, and it seems this extends to international media organisations with outlets in Japan.

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    Avatar of eros
    Comment by eros
    15:41 25/11/2010 # ! Quality (+0.9)

    anyone is entitled to freedom of speech.

    but just so happens,not everyone is obliged to listen.

    CNN is pussy for doing this.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:42 25/11/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Pfft. The Cirno News Network is THE STRONGEST.

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    Comment by Azure Xuchilbara
    17:30 25/11/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)


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    Comment by Darkrockslizer
    04:48 26/11/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    UNICEF Japan, CNN Japan... they're living in lies!!!

    Avatar of Sukudo
    Comment by Sukudo
    01:28 26/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    wait he really thought the media was independet? Of course some of them would bring it to the people but you should never trust the media. Why? because you cant tell if they are really reporting the truth or are hiding some information.

    Avatar of U.N.Owen
    Comment by U.N.Owen
    18:10 25/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Dang, I just wanted to say INB4 Cirno News Network. But I think the American side that aired the Bad Apple!! feature is quite different from the Japanese one discussed here. different masters, after all.

    Avatar of Epsilon
    Comment by Epsilon
    03:58 29/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    and i suppose by that assumption fox is as unbiased and democratic as it gets?

    media in every country will be biased, regardless of censorship. they all serve their own interest w.e. that is

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:02 28/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    that is a bit rude!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:11 26/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    CNN = Chinese News Network.
    Look at major red color, it's fuckin' communist!

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:02 25/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I know nowadays everyone is afraid of the big big china! :<

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:57 26/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    >In China the Government puts a bullet in your head for speaking your opinion.

    In America the citizens put a bullet in your head for speaking your opinion.<
    LOL what is this still the 60s? The last time citizens took out other citizens was during the civil rights movement.

    And the news about it was televised and not censored.

    Its now 2010.
    China still imprisons their Nobel prize winner and kills their own citizens (and animals)

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:56 26/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    In the USA you also get a bullet to the head if your accused of treason.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:05 26/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Traditionally you are hanged for treason. After you are convicted, not on an accusation. There has only been one person charged with treason in the US in the last 50 years.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:54 28/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    not really, it is just the Chinese Ship went to the region which is belonged to China (check please from historical map ) they didnot know that that region is now not belonged to them ??

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:37 27/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol Weaboos

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:51 28/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol havacry

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:09 28/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Get the hell off of this site then. News flash anon, this site here is exactly for that sort of people.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:31 26/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    More people fear their ambitions, they will form coalitions to put a flag in China butt. Playing bully and a big bad asshole will get you gangrape by the weakers.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:00 25/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    China > America

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:04 25/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.5)

    As much as I loathe the hypocrisy and many other things going on in the US at least you don't get a bullet in your head for voicing your opinion like in china.

    China is a disgusting country with disgusting people. The animal abuse articles that appeared recently are testament to that.

    I find it hilarious that chinese actually thing they are the superior people when all they are are bunch of sick twisted yellow midgets.


    Comment by Anonymous
    20:35 25/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    In China the Government puts a bullet in your head for speaking your opinion.

    In America the citizens put a bullet in your head for speaking your opinion.

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    Comment by VVayfarer
    23:36 25/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)


    Ignorant much? Extremely sadistic, 'sick' and dangerous individuals exist in the US. That goes for Europe, Japan, and probably the rest of the world too.

    People are more or less the same no matter where you go. But saying that all Chinese are disgusting is tantamount to saying everyone on this planet is just that.

    As an example - if the kind of personality you're looking for is one in million, you'd still have up to 2000 guys like that in China. On the other hand, there's a 1/7 chance that the one most 'pure' and 'enlightened' individual in this world resides there.

    These are facts; should you find fault in them, I would suggest looking in the mirror to find the source.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:07 26/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Chen-04 your post was probably pointless there. Anon 19:04 is an obvious racist ignorant twat with an inferiority complex who's blinded by his own "hypocrisy".

    Racists; being ignorant as fuck since time began.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:41 25/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    @anon at 19:04

    It is exactly people like you that make the world unstable these days...

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    Comment by Chen-04
    01:47 26/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    >>As much as I loathe the hypocrisy and many other things going on in the US at least you don't get a bullet in your head for voicing your opinion like in china.<<

    Anon, this entirely depends on what you have to say and on who you are. For example, if you were the president and you voiced your intend to abolish the federal reserve you'd be 9 feet under in less than a week.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:34 28/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)




    Comment by Anonymous
    19:04 25/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    China is no country...China is a zoo...

    Avatar of OhYeah
    Comment by OhYeah
    23:45 25/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm a shark, I'm a shark! These guys are DICKS! I'm a shark!

    Gotta love organized left wing peeps hmmm? It's like they enjoy ruining their own image to the public.

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    Comment by Ciscotaku
    19:02 25/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    funny, the same day i saw the videos in youtube i went to, since at the time i was watching the news here in US and didn't heard anything bout it, to report the videos so they would do a story about it. Never heard or saw anything so i guess CNN USA didn't give a shit either.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:29 25/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    CNN doesn't care about anything unless your bashing conservatives.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:21 25/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Once again, Sengoku38 has been promoted to an even more heroic position by not only leaking the true to the public, but also highlighting the censorship issue. Sengoku38 is a true hero indeed.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:51 25/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Cirno News Network, what did you expect from them anyway?

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    Comment by OmfgBogsy
    15:42 25/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Still going huh.

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    Comment by Wisteria Berlitz
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    Comment by KomariMax
    15:59 25/11/2010 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    reality is just too cruel, thats why i'm just fine living in 2D world

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:33 25/11/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    >He apparently sent the video to CNN on an SD card, though without an accompanying explanation.

    Like they will check out an unlabeled SD memory card? Only if they are really bored on a lunch break.

    Avatar of NakkiNyan
    Comment by NakkiNyan
    16:16 25/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Not shocking they wouldn't show it but still sad. The guy who did post it should get a medal, especially since he turned himself in after instead of hiding.

    Avatar of Kaze Fira
    Comment by Kaze Fira
    16:09 25/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Can't suppress the truth. it will leak again

    Comment by 666
    16:24 25/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Mass media is SOOOOO funny. ^_^

    Comment by Tenno Seremel
    04:56 26/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm pretty sure they could have some money for at least 1 expert to do it for them. VMs, Linuxes, whatever it takes. Autorun is hardly a problem.

    Avatar of U.N.Owen
    Comment by U.N.Owen
    18:13 25/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, it could be some spyware or shit that infects using the autorun process. I got hit by that once..

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    Comment by Kitsunemimi6
    15:58 25/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)


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    Comment by King Tiger
    15:44 25/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.7)

    oh the fail

    honestly though who trusts major media outlets anymore these days seriously? it's all lies and propaganda

    " truth, all pretentious..."
    -birthday massacre

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    15:55 25/11/2010 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    The internet is the last place to vent the truth! Sengoku knows it!

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    Comment by Kitsunemimi6
    16:00 25/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    I never cease to be shocked at how anyone even still can trust major media outlets...

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    Comment by Dia
    15:57 25/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Maybe he could have mailed it to an American news outlet as they seem to be reliable in this aspect.

    Oh wait, they banned mail from Japan :/

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:06 25/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.8)

    My day was great then you reminded me about that

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:41 25/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    @Dia An SD card doesn't weigh more than a pound.

    Avatar of Dia
    Comment by Dia
    23:27 25/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    A small bomb is still a bomb.

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    Comment by VVayfarer
    23:40 25/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The restrictions only apply to packages over 453g ~ 1 pound.

    Comment by Anonymous

    "[...]they seem to be reliable in this aspect[...]"

    You have got to be taking the piss lad.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:17 25/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    News media simply can't be trusted.

    For quite a while now when polled on why they entered journalism the most popular answer given in many of them was along the lines of "to change the world"

    That is a completely broken mentality for a journalist to have, and shows an activist agenda is part of their mindset which is harmful to truthful reporting as those who have change first and foremost on their mind will always be biased if the truth conflicts with their ideals.

    "To reveal and understand the truth" or "so people are better informed" should be the most prevalent reasons for a person to want to become a journalist, but those people are a minority in the industry, and people with that hard core realist mindset are likely repulsed by modern journalism.

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    Comment by Shippoyasha
    16:57 25/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The thing is though, journalism, like law, is a bit of a game.

    You can't really pretty it up too much saying it's for the 'truth' or the greater good, but you also can't just say all journalism is evil and exploitative.

    Also, dealing with information can be done better. You can hire agents and deal with medias so they pay for your material via proxy so you remain anonymous. Doubly so if you have a trusty agent doing the deal.

    It's kind of funny really. It's like playing a game of spies. Except in real life.

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    Comment by Shippoyasha
    16:04 25/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    It's not always about trusting media or not trusting media. Like this situation proves, each company has their own agenda and own ways of dealing with it.

    I can sympathize with CNN Japan since this issue is such a hot potato.

    Also, we don't know if the guy's identity may have been hidden if he used venues other than Youtube. He might even have been compensated for it as well.

    That's just how it works. There's pros and cons to dealing with each avenue. Same for Youtube. The problem was that the guy got exposed for doing that route.

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