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China Kidnaps Australian Journalist

The Australian Foreign Ministry revealed on Monday that Chinese-born Australian journalist Cheng Lei has been detained by the Chinese state without formal charges or legal representation.

Cheng Lei

China Objects to Facebook Labeling State-Controlled Media Organizations

The Chinese Foreign Ministry objected on Friday to Facebook’s policy that state-controlled media organizations will now be labeled as such. Authoritarian regimes such as China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea invariably have state-run media, which they would prefer unwitting readers to see as credible independent news organizations.

China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi speaks during his online video link press conference during the National People's Congress (NPC) at the media centre in Beijing on May 24, 2020. (Photo by NICOLAS ASFOURI / AFP) (Photo by NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP via Getty Images)

Chinese Journalist Goes on Trial for Tweets After Nine Months in Prison

Chinese journalist Zhang Jialong went on trial Wednesday for the “crime” of using Twitter to distribute “a great amount of false information that defamed the image” of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). This got him arrested on the CCP’s one-size-fits-all-dissidents charge of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble. As is customary in China’s repressive justice system, Zhang has been held without trial or formal charges since August, and has not been allowed to see his wife and child.

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Wall Street Journal Publishes Chinese Propaganda After Getting Kicked out of China

Less than a week after China’s state-run China Daily censored a column written by a group of European ambassadors, less than three months after three of its correspondents were ejected from Beijing over an op-ed the regime didn’t like, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) handed over an op-ed page to Xie Feng, commissioner of the Chinese Foreign Ministry in Hong Kong. Xie used the WSJ’s editorial space to repeat China’s political narrative of the coronavirus pandemic.

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China Calls for Global Media Takeover by ‘Belt and Road News Network’

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) newsletter People’s Daily on Monday demanded a controlling role for China’s Belt and Road News Network (BRNN) over all global media, ostensibly to counteract “racially discriminatory messages” from certain Western nations that refuse to stop asking questions about where the Wuhan coronavirus came from.

China's President Xi Jinping listens to Japans Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on December 23, 2019. (Photo by Noel CELIS / POOL / AFP) (Photo by NOEL CELIS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Chinese Journalist Jailed 15 Years for Criticizing Communist Party

Chinese journalist Chen Jieren was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Thursday under the oppressive Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) one-size-fits-all charge of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble” because he dared to publish criticism of the Party and file investigative reports that undermined its credibility.


Hong Kong Formally Reprimands Journalist for Asking WHO Official About Taiwan

The government of Hong Kong officially reprimanded Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) reporter Yvonne Tong on Thursday, accusing her of violating the “One China” doctrine by asking World Health Organization (WHO) Assistant Director Bruce Aylward about Taiwan in an interview that became a viral sensation, and a global outrage, when Aylward refused to answer the question.

Yvonne Tong, interviewer (L), and Bruce Aylward, the WHO’s assistant director-general (R)

China Denounces ‘Washington’s Ridiculous War’ on Communist Propaganda

The Trump administration on Monday announced new limits on the number of Chinese staff members allowed to work at China’s state-run media operations in the United States, including the Xinhua news agency, China Global Television Network, and China Radio International. Chinese outlets denounced the personnel caps as a “ridiculous war against Chinese media.”

BEIJING, CHINA - OCTOBER 25: Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks at the podium during the unveiling of the Communist Party's new Politburo Standing Committee at the Great Hall of the People on October 25, 2017 in Beijing, China. China's ruling Communist Party today revealed the new Politburo Standing Committee after …