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Report Outlines Beijing’s Global Media Manipulation

first_imgBy Leigh Hartman / ShareAmerica January 31, 2020 The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) spends billions of dollars a year on its foreign propaganda and censorship efforts, including presenting state-owned outlets as independent journalism, according to a new report.Beijing’s Global Megaphone, a new report from Freedom House published January 14, details how Beijing uses propaganda, censorship, and content delivery systems to control global public opinion abroad.Freedom House, an independent watchdog organization dedicated to the expansion of freedom and democracy around the world, previously named Beijing as having the least free internet in the world.“An economically powerful authoritarian state is rapidly expanding its influence over media production and dissemination,” said Sarah Cook, a senior research analyst, who wrote the report.PropagandaSome of CCP’s primary methods for disseminating its propaganda are the state-owned media outlets that publish overseas and in multiple languages, according to the report, which estimates that in 2009 alone the Chinese government spent $6 billion on expanding state media.These outlets pretend to be independent news sources, while they really produce CCP propaganda. None of the outlets’ social media pages reviewed by Freedom House “reveal[ed] their state ownership or CCP editorial control.” According to the report:• People’s Daily bills itself as “the biggest newspaper in China,” when really it is the “official mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party.”• Xinhua News Agency calls itself “the first port of call for the latest and exclusive China and world news,” but it is really the “official Chinese state-owned news wire.”• China Global Television Network (CGTN) says that it is “China’s preeminent 24-hour news channel,” when it is actually the “international arm of state-owned broadcaster China Central Television.”• China Daily promotes itself as “the leading English-language news organization in China.” However, it is actually the “Chinese state-owned English-language newspaper.”• China Radio International broadcasts to 14 countries, often via privately owned intermediaries, but is state-funded programming of the CCP.Beijing has censored news and social media in China for decades, but now, as the report notes, “Chinese officials have begun to use economic leverage to silence negative reporting or commentary” abroad.Content DeliveryTo firmly ensure control over media and messaging, Beijing is also working to control the means of delivery, such as cellular networks, TV stations, and social media platforms.By controlling the means of media delivery, CCP “open[s] the door to a whole new level of influence,” one where “CCP-friendly gatekeepers are now positioned to” control news abroad, the report says.Cook says this influence undermines “transparency, the rule of law, and fair competition.”last_img read more

Hopman Cup: Federer Beats Serena in Memorable Sexes Clash

first_imgRoger Federer’s Switzerland beat Serena Williams’ USA as the two tennis greats met on court for the first time at the Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia yesterday.Federer and Belinda Bencic defeated Williams and Frances Tiafoe 4-2 4-3 (5-3) in a mixed-doubles contest to secure a 2-1 win in the round-robin tie.Federer and Williams, both 37, earlier won their respective singles matches. “It was great fun. I really enjoyed playing against Serena. What an honour,” said Federer.“I was nervous returning because people talk about her serve so much. I know why they say it now, she has a wonderful serve.“She’s a great champion, you see how focused she is and I love that about her.”Federer and Williams have won a combined 43 Grand Slam singles titles, and have spent a combined 621 weeks at world number one.The match had been described as the most anticipated contest involving a male and female player since the ‘Battle of the Sexes’ in 1973, when 39-time Grand Slam champion Billie Jean King beat former men’s world number one Bobby Riggs in straight sets.“It was a great experience. I’m sad it’s over, I was just warming up,” said Williams.“It was so fun to do this at the pinnacle of our careers.“The guy is great. He’s the greatest of all time. There’s a reason why he is so great. He has a killer serve. I’ve watched him all the time but I never realised how good it was. Maybe I could get some tips from him later on.”Before the mixed-doubles contest, Federer beat Tiafoe 6-4 6-1 before Williams levelled the tie with a 4-6 6-4 6-3 victory over Bencic.The Hopman Cup comprises two singles and a mixed doubles match between nations in a round-robin format with two groups of four. The winners of each group will contest Saturday’s final.Defending champions Switzerland plays Greece in the final round-robin match on Thursday while the USA faces Great Britain’s Cameron Norrie and Katie Boulter.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more