Asia-Pacific

Mar 14, 2014

How China is using a fake news service to spread its propaganda

One of the coveted spots for foreign media at Chinese press conferences is going to a "journalist" from Global CAMG -- a front for the Chinese government and not a legitimate news organisation at all.

Michael Sainsbury — Freelance correspondent in Asia and <em>Little Red Blog</em> Editor

Michael Sainsbury

Freelance correspondent in Asia and Little Red Blog Editor

CAMG journalist

On the eve of Tony Abbott’s first trip to China as Prime Minister (he is due to touch down on Hainan Island on April 9), the Chinese government has been caught, once again, using an Australian-based media company as a front for its propaganda machine.

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12 thoughts on “How China is using a fake news service to spread its propaganda

  1. klewso

    …. and we’ve got Murdoch….

  2. Greg Fisher

    Doesn’t every government, every political party, every country have “media flacks”, PR hacks, proxies and advocates that provide media releases, video and radio interviews etc?

  3. Exactly!

    Who cares? How is it different to the ideology pumped out by News Corp? Oh yeah, one is a government, the other a private corporation and part of the Free Press, yeah!

    M Sainsbury is ex-News Corporation isn’t he, so I guess he would know an ideology pump when he see it.

  4. Jeff Richards

    Murdoch ‘journalist’; Chinese Communist Party ‘journalist’; Pyongyang ‘journalist’- whats the difference? Can anyone tell them apart ?…. because I cant.

  5. j.oneill

    Perhaps Mr Sainsbury will now turn his analytical skills to the US media where some topics are unmentionable, soft questions are the order of the day, and the msm all sing from the same song sheet.

    Ditto for Australia.

  6. Steve777

    “…a front for the Chinese government and not a legitimate news organisation at all”

    This sounds something like what Julia Bishop thinks is the proper role of the Australia Network if you replace “Chinese” with “Australian”. In fact, Tony Abbott seems to think that is the proper role of the ABC as a whole.

  7. Steve777

    “Global CAMG is peddling propaganda as news” – rather like News Corporation.

  8. AR

    I can add nowt to those perspicacious patrons above – not a cigarette paper between CAMG & mudorc in intent.

  9. Ken Dally

    Don’t let Abbott examine them too closely, after all it’s what he wants to turn the ABC into.

  10. Dubious Virtue

    Are people really comparing a privately run company with a state run one? Come on, I expect that kind of facile thinking at a Young Socialist Alliance meeting.

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