China dissatisfied with CNN's response, summons Beijing chief
Beijing (PTI): Dissatisfied with CNN's clarification over controversial remarks made by an anchor, China has summoned its Beijing bureau chief to demand a "sincere" apology to the Chinese people.
The US broadcaster on wednesday said its commentator Jack Cafferty was only "offering his strongly held opinion of the Chinese government, not the Chinese people" when he described them as a "bunch of goons and thugs."
It was not their intention to cause offence to the Chinese people and would apologise to "anyone who has interpreted the comments" otherwise, it said in a statement.
Dissatisfied with CNN's response, the Director General of Information Department of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Liu Jiancho said the statement had failed to apologise for its anchor's remarks which "maliciously attacked the Chinese people and violated professional ethics".
Liu, also spokesman of the Foreign Ministry summoned CNN Beijing bureau chief Jaime FlorCruz, US media reports said.
"We once again solemnly urge CNN and Cafferty to take back the vile remarks and make a sincere apology to all Chinese people", Liu said in a statement, after the Foreign Ministry lodged a "solemn representation" with CNN's Beijing office, official Xinhua news agency said.
Liu said journalists should abide by their ethics and "they don't have the privilege to slander or rile at anybody or any government".
The latest controversy broke out after China accused the Western media of "biased and distorted" reporting of the recent unrest in Tibet.