Singer Bjork has accused the media of exaggerating her recent pro-Tibetan independence remark at a concert in China.
The Icelandic star was chastised by the communist country's culture ministry for chanting "Tibet" several times during her freedom anthem, Declare Independence, in Shanghai this month.
But Bjork insisted that her comments were blown up out of proportion by overzealous reporting.
She said, "When I said 'Tibet, Tibet,' I whispered it three times.
"There was no fuss in the room. It happened afterwards on websites.
"It shows more than anything that China is the next superpower. And the issue is, how are they going to deal with Western moral issues like freedom of speech?
"Songs like Declare Independence for me are about humanity. I stand by what I said," Bjork said.
China has ruled Tibet since 1951, and Chinese officials, upset by Bjork's remarks, initially threatened to blacklist all artists who make political comments that oppose Chinese law.
In a statement on its website, the culture ministry said: "We will further tighten controls on foreign artists performing in China in order to prevent similar cases from happening in future.
"Some artist deliberately turned a commercial show into a political performance, which not only broke Chinese law, but also hurt Chinese audiences' feelings."
Culture vice-minister Zhou Heping has since ruled against the outrage.
"It was just an individual case," he said. - Wenn