China’s Communist Party seeks news influence through Australian media deals

China’s Communist Party seeks news influence through Australian media deals, by Bill Birtles.

As concerns mount over Beijing’s grip on Australia’s Chinese-language media, the Communist Party is working to shape the narrative of mainstream outlets too. …

The ABC and Sky News are among the Australian media that collaborate with Chinese partners, in deals spanning everything from entertainment to news programming.

“By doing this sort of thing and having more of this type of cooperation, we will cover the world or cover China in a more open, objective and truthful way,” said Liu Ge, the deputy director of CGTN, the English-language channel of state television broadcaster CCTV. …

Next month ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie will travel to Beijing to meet Chinese partners, including CCTV representatives. …

Officials in Beijing have stressed that joint cooperation on news and current affairs is the next goal, in a bid to rectify what China’s Government has long believed is a skewed narrative in the Western media. …

The China Daily was able to pay to insert a series of monthly news lift outs in major Fairfax newspapers last year.

Another example of current affairs cooperation was a panel show co-produced between CCTV and Sky News, in which Chinese analysts squared off against Australian experts in Beijing on contentious issues such as the South China Sea. …

Another tactic to push China’s view is through increasingly regular exchanges with Australian journalists. … Such exchanges are seen as an opportunity by the Chinese side to present Government talking points, according to an Australian diplomat previously involved in organising them.

Hmmm. More misinformation coming our way, led by the ABC. A free and diverse media of many independents would be less vulnerable to this.

hat-tip Stephen Neil