FACT CHECK: China Distorts its Suppression of Journalists While Railing Against Media ‘Distortion’

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On May 11, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying was asked about a recent New York Times article on Chinese efforts “to create an alternative to a global news media dominated by outlets like the BBC and CNN.” The Times cited a report from the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), a Brussels-based group advocating for journalists and press freedom, which surveyed 54 journalist unions from 50 countries and territories. That report found an “an activation of” China’s global media infrastructure, both to spread positive messages about China and to mobilize “more novel tactics such as disinformation.” “Beijing has weaponized foreign journalist visas, forcing resident journalists out of China,” the report stated. According to the IFJ, Beijing’s increasingly interventionist approach, often described as “wolf warrior” diplomacy, uses Chinese embassies and ambassadors to “frequently comment on local media coverage of China.” In response, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson was quoted as saying, “It] is a complete distortion of facts to accuse China of suppressing foreign media and denying US journalists visa[s].” The IFJ report coincides with a seven-month investigation by The Associated Press and Oxford Internet Institute, which found that “an army of fake Twitter accounts” had been used to amplify Chinese diplomats and state media. LINK: https://www.polygraph.info/a/fact-check-press-freedom-china-/31255425.html
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