Scanning through the China NPC-related news articles on English media sites, I thought it was odd to see how many photos had Chinese para-military and security personnel in them, even if the topic of the article had nothing to do with these men in uniforms. If a picture is worth a thousand words, I wonder what unspoken message these photos relay to their American readers. I guess it is human nature to see only what you want to see, but isn’t being a journalist all about seeing more than just what one wants to see? In that regard, these photos probably revealed much more about the photographers/editors themselves than about China.
Just as an example: there are 39 photos in the slide show here; about a third of these photos portray military officers, paramilitary personnel, or security guards in some way. Seems a bit excessive in an article about China’s NPC and active bank lending?
A few more examples:
Title of article: China Congress to Focus on Boosting Energy
Pictured: paramilitary officer standing next to cars. Ok, cars, energy. I get it. And these paramilitary officers are probably just so ubiquitous that one couldn’t take a picture without one of them filling up a third of the frame.