Australian museum axes Covid-19 exhibit saying that the virus ‘originated in mainland China’ after a complaint pointed out there is no proof
- Museum in Western Australia altered exhibit saying Covid-19 started in China
- Long-term rumours have suggested coronavirus originated in Wuhan, China
- Fears simmering tension between Australia and China could one day escalate
It followed a quick-fire complaint from the local Chinese community in Western Australia as well as Chinese consul general Dong Zhi Hua, who pointed out the exact origin of the virus still hasn’t been formally identified.
The recently opened $396million Western Australia Museum ran the offending digital exhibit in its gallery reflecting on the extraordinary year 2020 has been.
The Covid-19 exhibit (pictured above) which stated coronavirus originated in China
Tensions between Australia and China escalated after Prime Minister Scott Morrison called for an independent investigation into the origins of the pandemic in May
The exhibit was said to have infuriated Ms Yoga Zhang, who is the director of Chinese language media company MostWA.
‘The World Health Organisation, governments, and relevant departments of various countries have yet to confirm the origin of the coronavirus,’ she said.
‘As an official institution that imparts knowledge and information, the WA Museum should present the most accurate information to the general public in Western Australia, rather than misleading the public or even splitting China.’
Alec Coles, the WA Museum chief executive, responded by stating the exhibit would be immediately amended.
He also insisted the change was made with accuracy in mind, rather than the museum attempting to be politically correct.
Tensions between Australia and China began when Prime Minister Scott Morrison called for an independent investigation into the origins of the pandemic in May.
Since then China has introduced huge tariffs on a range of key Australian exports.
The Chinese consul-general thanked the museum for their efficiency in resolving the matter, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
Sophie McNeill, a researcher from Human Rights Watch Australia, was critical of how the museum handled the crisis.
‘It’s very important that our cultural institutions rely on accuracy and facts and don’t bow to pressure from the Chinese Communist Party who are often trying to censor and rewrite history,’ she said.
The $396million museum in Western Australian (pictured above) opened on November 21 this year