Cancel China Propaganda

The Chinese government has stifled media freedoms for decades; imprisoning more journalists than anywhere else in the world; banning social media and non-compliant foreign websites, an resorting to extreme measures to prevent all information about its human rights abuses and unrest getting out, including by routinely locking up anyone who speaks out.

To further efforts to control and censor Chinese Communist Party state media has struck highly lucrative deals with numerous highly regarded news outlets, offering large sums of money for them to carry supplements or ‘advertorials’. These outlets include the Economist, the Wall Street Journal, and Sydney Morning Herald.

These supplements or ‘advertorials’ enable the promotion of the Chinese government’s propaganda, which is far factual reporting and includes articles hailing the celebration by Tibetans of “democratic reforms” in occupied Tibet; reports whitewashing the arbitrary detention of at least 2 million Uyghurs and other Muslims in ‘re-education camps’; and stories claiming that the repressive and internationally condemned National Security legislation in Hong Kong will only “better protect” freedoms on the island.

By accepting money from the Chinese government to hold this propaganda, these media outlets are performing as a mouthpiece for Beijing and are complicity in the crackdown on the freedom of Tibetans, Uyghurs,Chinese and all human rights defenders who risk their lives on the frontlines to expose the realities of life under Chinese rule.

Several newspapers have already taken action in recent months – The Daily Telegraph, The New York Times and Washington Post have dropped China Watch from the print and online editions, having run such articles in the past.

Urge global newspapers, including The Economist, Wall Street Journal, Sydney Morning Herald and Handelsblatt, to ACT NOW!

News and Media

Inside China’s audacious global propaganda campaign

Beijing is buying up media outlets and training scores of foreign journalists to ‘tell China’s story well’ – as part of a worldwide propaganda campaign of astonishing scope and ambition.

Source: The Guardian

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Freedom House

The Expansion of Chinese Communist Party Media Influence since 2017

“Wherever the readers are, wherever the viewers are, that is where propaganda reports must extend their tentacles.” — Xi Jinping, February 2016

Source: Freedom House

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China’s propaganda arms push soft power in Australian media deals

Beijing: Even in the context of China’s tightly-controlled media, the adulatory tone and blanket coverage afforded to President Xi Jinping’s February tour of the headquarters of the three main state-run news organisations was unusual.

Source: smh.com.au

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The Guardian

Daily Telegraph stops publishing section paid for by China

The Daily Telegraph has stopped publishing paid-for propaganda on behalf of Chinese state media, amid growing scrutiny of how Beijing is using the pandemic to grow its influence in English-language media aimed at western audiences.

Source: The Guardian

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The Guardian

Chinese state TV broke Ofcom rules with biased Hong Kong coverage

China’s state television channel repeatedly breached British broadcasting rules with biased coverage of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, according to a decision by the media regulator that could set up a diplomatic clash between the two countries.

Source: The Guardian

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A British Newspaper Has Given Chinese Coronavirus Propaganda A Direct Line To The UK

During the pandemic, the Daily Telegraph continues to sell space to China to push the party line.

Source: Buzzfeed News

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China is reshaping the global news landscape and weakening the Fourth Estate

Beijing’s involvement in media overseas is growing almost faster than it can be tracked – the ultimate aim is both ideological and geopolitical.

Source: The Guardian

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China’s Foreign Propaganda Machine

The People’s Republic of China (PRC) has long suffered from a poor international image and weak “soft power.” The country’s negative image has hindered international acceptance of its rise as a global great power. Because the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) wants China to “gain face” (yao mianzi) in the international arena, it has in recent years invested heavily in boosting the country’s international approval rating.

Source: Wilson Centre

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