China Watch: ‘Never telling the whole truth’ | ABC News

China Watch: ‘Never telling the whole truth’ | ABC News

See the difference — that’s the motto of
China’s global news network CGTN. But seeing the difference comes
with a catch. CGTN is an arm of China Central Television which claims to be
the world’s largest television network. And it’s at the forefront of a
sophisticated global campaign. Beijing is training up foreign journalists buying up space in overseas media and expanding its own networks on an unprecedented
scale in an effort to disrupt what it perceives to be Western hegemony over
global media. I’m Sean Mantesso and this is China Watch. In this episode we delve into Beijing’s expanding global media presence and how China is
weaponising the free press to advance its aims and ideology across Australia
and the world. … paid a rare visit to state media facilities
in Beijing including CCTV. she offered words of encouragement to aspiring Chinese journalists … I see that your team is an international team. I hope you can report developments on the Chinese economy and society objectively and
comprehensively. Tell true stories of China, publicise Chinese culture and build a friendly bridge with locals. True stories of China — those are the words
Chinese President Xi Jinping used in this 2016 visit to China Central
Television in Beijing. His tour coincided with an ambitious rebranding of China’s new global face, CCTV’s international arm CGTN. It’s a multi-language international news
channel. It claims to reach more than 140 million homes across 100 countries including 30 million in the United States. Chinese media offices are all over the world — they are the most expensive network of media organisations in the world So they employ thousands of non-Chinese English-speaking native journalists, editors, media managers, PR personnel
etc With bureaus in Nairobi, Washington, DC and London CGTN is fast becoming the key pillar in a decade-long expansion of China’s foreign media. And in a sign of
CGTN’s growing reach, its billboards even started springing up across Australia
last September. As Western media outlets grapple with falling revenues and job
losses CGTN received more than 6,000 applications for the first 90 jobs at its London Bureau last year. But experts warn you could be getting more than you bargained for when signing up to work for Chinese state-run media. I will always say if many of them are
living collaborators. The practical reasons … because the pay is really good or for many other reasons. China’s media say they provide an
alternative voice from a Chinese perspective but in the same year as
president Xi’s visit to CCTV headquarters he made it clear what a
voice from a Chinese perspective would be. He told journalists all the work by the party’s media must reflect the party’s will, safeguard the party’s authority and safeguard the party’s unity. They must love the party, protect the party and closely align themselves with the
party leadership in thought, politics and action. And a central tenet of Beijing’s media strategy has been the repudiation of Western journalistic values. A leaked 2013 government directive shed
light on how Beijing perceives Western media. Known as ‘document nine’ it openly
attacked Western journalistic values saying the West’s idea of journalism
undermines our country’s principle that the media should be infused with the
spirit of the party. A Free Press, in the Western sense of the word, is one of the one of the ideological threats they see to their system. If you’re able to crowd out other stories now you’re not competing as well Now there’s less potentially negative journalism about China. And a quick look at some of CGTN’s content reveals the active way in which the network is pushing back against what it perceives as Western media bias. Last year while reporting the Chinese Communist Party’s annual dialogue with the world, the China editor of a
mainstream Western media outlet went about the venue of the event complaining that she couldn’t get anyone to have a dialogue with. Since when have journalists had the
power to talk to whomever they want, wherever and whenever they want? Talking about brainwash, I think the many of the practitioners are brainwashed by this Western values of journalism. China rejects, categorically, the Western
political model. And the country is rising fast. The Western media … Western medi …Western … Western Western … That has been the fallacy of the Western media when it comes to reporting on China. Not lying, but never telling the whole truth, But in a sign of just how audacious
China’s merging of state with media has become, Beijing has, at times, asked its
journalists to go beyond their brief as reporters and act as intelligence
gatherers. So I don’t think it’s their primary function by any means, but it but it is something that comes up where your main client is not the audience that
you’re producing your show for — your main client might well be via the Chinese state. This was the case for one Canadian
Xinhua reporter. Mark Bourrie claims he was asked to report on a visit to Ottawa by the Dalai Lama in 2012, but not for broadcasts. Instead the information was
to be fed directly back to Beijing In a sign China is willing to actively
recruit its journalists, even foreign, to act on behalf of the state. Mr Bourrie resigned immediately. But CGTN and Xinhua form only a part of China’s audacious global media push. Also relaying Beijing message to the world is China Radio International. Thanks for tuning in. You’re listening to China Radio
International. Like its television partnerCGTN, CRI is being weaponised and deployed across the globe on a staggering scale. A 2015 Reuters investigation revealed there were at least 33 radio stations across 14
countries that are part of a global radio web structured in a way that
obscures its majority shareholder, state-run China Radio International In Australia Chinese language radio is
being bought up by CRI or CRI-affiliated companies across nearly every major city. They have effectively monopolised the Chinese language airwaves. If you’re looking for an alternative voice you either have to go on the internet or
maybe a couple of hours a day of SBS broadcasting, but really there aren’t too
many alternatives available if you’re just turning on the radio. And beyond the airwaves China has embarked on a mass campaign to buy up space in print media
the world over. Newspapers adorned with full-page spreads and glowing assessments of China’s President can be found from Sri Lanka to Poland to the US and, yes, even here in Australia. In 2014 President Xi said that he would
create a new type of mainstream media, one that is powerful, influential and
credible. But could China’s foreign media push, while astonishing in scale, be more
a lame duck in execution? Unlike other successful state-sponsored non-western media giants like Russia Today and Al Jazeera, China’s foray into global media
has been unable to draw much journalistic clout and questions remain
over how many people are actually tuning in. CGTN’s 73 million Facebook
followers may appear robust. It’s actually more than Al Jazeera and the
BBC combined. But two-thirds of the network’s traffic is thought to come
from China. CGTN America’s YouTube videos often
attract less than 100 viewers, a paltry sum compared to overseas rivals. So it’s it’s kind of caught between these two goals. It wants to be the BBC, but at the
same time it wants to please the Party bosses, and what pleases the party bosses
isn’t necessarily the kind of thing that is going to get you and me tuning into
to be entertained. Literally the very first few minutes of CGTN’s life were a series of dot points of Xi Jinping … you know, with these kind of
sphinx-like quotes about ‘China must understand the world and the world must
understand China’ — these meaningless phrases from the leader and not the kind
of thing that are you know would really make you want to turn into a TV station. President Xi Jinping earlier sent his congratulations … President Xi said the relationship between China and the world is changing … China needs to better understand … Xinhua and CGTN, unlike Russia Today or Al Jazeera, have not yet created a palatable international brand. The scale and, at
times, covert nature of China’s push has no doubt rattled security pundits across
the Western world. It has developed a more robust and sophisticated media strategy, but its broadcasters appear hamstrung by the requirements of toeing the party line which hinder its ability to produce widely appealing content. It’s not about how you want to influence people, it’s about what kind of
value system we have as Chinese that’s convincing, that’s shareable with the
rest of the world. That may be the real kicker. Beijing is yet to shake off global perceptions that it’s an authoritarian state without a message of
hope or change to sell the world.


100 thoughts on “China Watch: ‘Never telling the whole truth’ | ABC News”

  • steelerdave2000 says:

    Decades ago, there was a Chinese student, female, in a business law class with me. She actually wanted me to DO her homework for her. Well, being the nice guy that I am, I asked what she would do for me. She replied that her beauty and friendship would be enough. We disagreed on that. When it came time for that homework to get done, I was able to barter for some great sex. She was cute, and with a nice figure, so the sex was quite nice. She always had a disgruntled look on her face. But, I got my payment.

  • you all people who's attacking ABC over the presented topic is absolutely fallacious. you all get to ignore the fact that China is so oppressive that even our territory is being owned by their authoritarian party. wait until you feel the presence of China and lemme hear you all defending them.

  • Syed Imran SHAH says:

    yes everybody is interested in squeezing out powers from others and getting it into themselves but not everybody can afford such adventures. The Hazara demons would, however, not go anywhere else.

  • Johnson Ramsey says:

    Actually outside of Western countries 🤔
    people know that their media are fake their history are dark 😠

  • Here we go Baaa baaa 🐑🐏🌳🐑🐏🐚SOME old jerno hack trying a voice were TV'S DYING and china's rising to Power better FOR COUNTRY unlike >> the USA We know what you THINK the china govts done amazing things in last 10 years its beyound belief shame our govts dont do anything good but hide until there's an election in oz

  • what's the truth? Can a journalist say whatever he/she wants ?
    A famous journalist in my country gave me the best answer.
    She said the truth is the in the bottom of the bottomless pit.
    So, can the media be used to publicize the good side of the country?
    And the news industry is developing for only 70 years since the the communist party use it to attain the support of other organizations.
    I still think there is something in this video which about the news industry need to be improved in the future, even if this video is mostly distorting my country

  • Politicians of the main parties in Western countries have been subverting and rejecting Western Civilization and the Western political model for decades, beginning in the mid-1960s. They don't have a lot of leeway to criticize China for rejecting Western values.


  • שושן ניקול says:

    STOP bashing 🇨🇳
    she's not perfect like the country you staying now,

    do take note that this current Xi JingPing is way much BETTER than all his predecessors,
    Xi Jinping weeds out massive corruptions
    AND progressively bringing the poorest regions out frm hopeless situations
    🇨🇳 today is clear evidence of Xi Jinping COMPETENCE 💕 ⚘ 💃🏻

    like any country,
    she needs to STAND FIRM to manage her billions ppl ,
    do look closely at your country BEFORE BARKING pls 😂

  • Western media = owned by corporations.
    Chinese media = owned by politicians.
    Both models should burn in hell for as long as possible.

  • Pedro Mülbersted Pereira says:

    Do our media tells the whole truth? Our "best" journalism is system propaganda, while independent media is accused of "fake news". What a joke. Shame on us!

  • A lot of you guys must be taking drugs, if you seriously think Chinese run state media is more transparent than the ABC, you seriously need help. CHINA IS A COMMUNIST COUNTREY AND THEY DON'T HAVE FREEDOM OF PRESS. Did anyone here finish high school? Unbelievable!

  • The ABC is a publicly funded version of 'getup' which is partisan. You don't believe anything the ABC reports. It's just Marxist propaganda!

  • What a joke. International media has been on most part been very bias when reporting on China and current situations in HK.

  • 芋米吃世界 says:

    Hey, ABC FAKE NEWS. Your video just proved why China needs to tell the truth to the world. What a biased video based on a biased assumption!

  • "The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) is Australia's national broadcaster founded in 1929. It is principally funded by the direct grants from the Australian government."

  • What a cheap pice of propaganda. ABC and BBC have programs in Mandarin and a larger prescence in internacional media. What are you guys talking about??? This is fake news

  • SillyLittleAshTree says:

    Disgusting, shame on you ABC. Such biased and tasteless "reporting" can only be described as slimy, insidious and purposefully malicious. Shame on you!

  • "…which hinder its ability to produce widely appealing content…" Alright so thats why u make fake news to be more appealing? LMAO

  • You are absolutely right. You are "Never telling the whole truth", great man, have proved it to all your audience. Nice move!

  • OK, May I suggest just keep the ABC Kids and ABC ME then close the rest ABC channels. please stop wasting Tax payer's money. Because, You failed to provide whole turth and quality programs for mature audience.

  • Yes, ABC and most of the western media are biased anyway. They are very good at selective reporting. They will edit out a video clip of unfavourable items and always like to interview someone with views that support their claims. Luckily, nowadays there are so many ways to find out the truth of any story online. It is harder to mislead people nowadays.

  • Shame on you ABC, Chinese have the right to present their views. It is clear to all who can read both English and chinese media how one sided the so called western media can be, especially when reporting on news regarding China.

  • Why did you put up the WWII Japanese Imperial Army flag? Do you realize that you're not only disrespecting China, but also Australia as well?

  • Every country has their own propaganda medias, the only difference is that western media always incite hatred to those who don't align to their agenda by slender or fabrication.

  • ABC Australia this is the worst and most biased reporting I’ve ever seen. And I hope you have put out an apology for having the Japanese flag as a backdrop! Please don’t make that mistake again, disrespectful!

  • Are you telling the truth? Or you just produce what people want to see? Like always saying bad things about China without any true understanding of the history.

  • Wow! Interesting! After watching this biased video on China I learned a lot more about western countries🤔. Please make more of these videos in the future. 😏

  • When some people are full of prejudice against China, when some people forget that their company is also the state's assets, when some people think that they have read articles about China on the Internet, they thoroughly understand China. This video has appeared.Please telling the whole truth,ABC!

  • Whilst I am somewhat fond of the ABC. Who is the West to proclaim who tells the truth and who doesn't. I only wish I could post this comment on September 11.

  • forbenefitofworld says:

    one of the secrets of success of any sale is not revealing yourself. Russia helped change in public view of Presidency of USA. USA was deriving the benefit of brain drain of world community, off late finding fault with itself. If you see the best communist country like China or the worst communist country like NK, the basic principle is know everything and give what is needed. Both countries groomed smart kids from their public on par with democratic world for what is latest in the KNOWLEDGE and munching the benefit for their country by China and for self benefit by NK leadership. thanks.

  • All media are biased. Attacking CGTN is fine but your reasons must be supported by facts. There are no facts in this video but full of prejudice in China's value system. It's just not convincing to me.

  • What a funny video, a guy promoting war crime aginst China made a video about China not telling the whole truth, good job Australia.

  • 爱国主义基地-油管 says:


  • I worked for a while as an editor in state run news agency back in 2012.

    They had the same problem back then as they do now: the content that was being approved was horribly boring.

    When I was asked to improve the Western viewership, and increase interest in the outlet the plan moved forward until it reached the party reps.

    It was denied approval, and all talk of transforming the aims of some of the stories to make them more relatable, interesting, or explore topics about Chinese culture and life that foreigners might be interested in were dismissed as not being inline with the aims of the party, or the outlet.

  • I can definitely make a better one about this topic, what a cheap propaganda, are you serious when you show such junk work to your audiences?

  • 这是我见过最明显的断章取义的纪录片了,比如刘欣那段,说的是“外国人,报道中国的时候或许没有说谎,但是他们从来不说所有的实话”这个成了标题,不可笑吗,会误导外国人吧?

  • Daniel Xiuyuan says:

    ABS just showed the world what a narrow minded unprofessional dishonest press looked like . If you just want to make your own voice ( even nobody cares) , no matter it sounds like smart or stupid , you just made it !

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