Why did the US designate six more Chinese media outlets as foreign missions due to "propaganda"?


US designates six more Chinese media outlets as foreign missions

US tightens rules on more Chinese media organisations, saying they are propaganda outlets for the Chinese state.

Has the US given any examples of this propaganda?

I would really like to know whether they have said specifically what they are objecting to, as they did with their allegations against the Internet Research Agency.

Keith McClary

Posted 2020-10-24T18:39:47.193

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6It was made clear that those media companies were "substantially owned, or effectively controlled by a foreign government". The word "propaganda" can simply mean "governement communication", so in a sense anything they write is propaganda. Propaganda is rarely untrue, since people are better fooled by leaving out inconvenient facts, rather than making up false ones. – makelemonade – 2020-10-25T01:16:17.773

@makelemonade but in order to operate as propaganda, in the US, wouldn't they have to be known to the US public? Has anyone in the West ever heard of Yicai Global, Jiefang Daily, the Xinmin Evening News, Social Sciences in China Press, the Beijing Review, and the Economic Daily??? – Italian Philosophers 4 Monica – 2020-10-27T20:36:10.163

No, but they are all well-known in China. I presume the US govt takes issue with them because they conduct soft intelligence gathering, not because they are publishing widely in the US. Of course, their output is still propaganda. FYI it's usually "China Social Science Press"... don't know why they mangled the words in the press release ;) – makelemonade – 2020-10-27T22:18:54.533

@Italian Philosophers 4 Monica Well apart from Yicai Gobal - which now partners with Bloomberg, Dow Jones, Nikkei and other global media services to syndicate Chinese news globally - so they would have genuine reach in the US. – makelemonade – 2020-10-27T22:33:05.387

@Italian Philosophers 4 Monica Yicai is owned by Shanghai Media Group which is a huge state owned media company (and was the Chinese local partner for Kung Fu Panda 3). – makelemonade – 2020-10-27T22:38:56.783

Yes, @makelemonade , they seem to be claiming that anything state-owned is propaganda, but I want to know if they specified anything objectionable. Sort of like when they restricted aluminum imports from Canada because "national security", but did not explain how these affected "national security". – Keith McClary – 2020-10-30T00:11:30.703

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