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

  1. Does native have their media or even they have it will their voice be acpet by the most ugly racism country on this earth.

  2. 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.

  3. 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?

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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. 😏

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

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

  13. 西方媒体煽动能力确实专业,通过背景音乐、画面营造气氛,虽然很多事情不明说,但是通过可能、也许、感觉等引导并洗脑,这种洗脑还会让人觉得是自己想到了这些想法,其实都是被它引导过去的。这就是所谓的高级洗脑!

  14. 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.

  15. 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?

  16. 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?

  17. 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 !

  18. Comunism fair sharing socially all people's, now who live in under comunis counry feels the promised of cominism totally never truths.

  19. u western media brainwash western people make them dumb, Chinese medias brainwash make Chinese people dumb. So, you all MEDIAS!! FAKE PRESS!!! You all just making people dumb from different perspective!! NON-OF YOU ARE GOOD!! STOP DOING DOG BARKS TO DOG JOB!!!

  20. Another propaganda news. Why are is US, UK and Australia so afraid of China? Is it because asians can not succeed and be equal to whites? I thought Australia was better than this. Such BS media propaganda!

  21. 🇨🇳🇨🇳🇨🇳🇨🇳🇨🇳🇨🇳🇨🇳🇨🇳🇨🇳🇨🇳🐷🐷🐷🐷🐷 🐷🐷🐷🐷🐷🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐀🐀🐀🐀🐀🐀🐀🐀🐀🐀🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮

  22. triggered chinese people under the comment section… meanwhile isn't YOUTUBE illegal in china? i hope your government finds you and brings you to the consentration camps in xingjiang

  23. The comments have proven that the propaganda worked and also the commenters are propaganda itself. They comment here pro China as a career and get paid.

  24. The truth is a certain group of people are searching for anti China videos and direct to commenters. So that’s why you will see a group of people flooded here and made rude comments within a short period as it was an order. Then they flood to other videos and do the same. Chinese always try to solve the problem by making the problem not true and instead, accuse the one reported. Anyway, China is No.1

    Rogue

  25. You guys are distorting history,did the hired really working on CCTV?A person who looks like a ragged person is a host. You don’t have money inside, can’t you afford a suit and a decent person?

  26. You think people today can be fool. What a joke…CGTN interview is always with western expert. Its the most balance media now.

  27. If any organisation is guilty of never telling the whole story and truth it is you. You pack of liar's and barsted's.
    Trust the abc"NEVER"

  28. There are many things that concern me from Chinese government but one thing that I agree with is their outlook into the media. The western media is heavily involved in the government. Many media trying to be first is greater than being truthful.

  29. Fox is for Republican Party of USA. CNN is for Democratic Party of USA. CGTN is for Communists' Party of China. There are not many media out there who are actually independent.

  30. Here ABC shows us another technique of distorting the truth and spreading rumors: by simply changing the target that the narrator was criticizing to the narrator himself. for example, I said "ABC never tells the truth", and when people in ABC see this, they will automatically take it as "Chase Ghost never tells the truth". LOL, bien jouer

  31. "…brainwashed by the values of western values of journalism" like freedom of speech! Division of State! Peoples representation in government?

  32. Chinese ideology ,built,sustain, improve the poor. American ideology war, kill the people steal their resourses. Make them poor

  33. The hamfisted propaganda of a bully. No wonder it can't gain any traction. Why would anyone free from the direct influence of such an organisation as the Communist Party of China seek to engage with it? China has become a giant concentration camp under the Communist Party. You can just disappear and your family and friends will NEVER KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU. Peace and friendship to the Chinese people, but the Communist Party of China only bears the chains of mind and body as it's product. No thank you.

  34. China is ripping the entire world, especially the poor countries, at the expense of an overly ambitious 2025 strategy. They are the greatest robbers and liars!

  35. What would happen to the Australian economy if there were no export to China anymore? Think about the jobs, responsibility for families aso…?!

  36. Abc news cant be trusted, prejudices, extremely biased , shame on you Australia ABC. Created fear fear fear fake news. Demonizing china.

  37. This Mao's sperm – Xi wants to spread the communist sperms all over the world. Democratic countries need to stop them now before it too late. Communists are the diseases of earth.

  38. both of you are propaganda tools. 老郭说的真没错:同行是冤家。哈哈哈哈哈哈….
    we chinese know CCTV/CGTN is a propaganda tool. they know we know. we know they know we know.
    your people know that? do you know if they know that?
    LOL. ask them.

  39. In fact, many of the news we see about China is controlled by a mysterious organization from the East, Strategic Fooyou Agence. They are numerous and active on websites outside China. Their top leader is a general from China.The general always tells people false news about China's military activities on TV programs, which makes many people misestimate China's real strength. When he disseminates false information, he also makes precise predictions about the military affairs of Western countries, and within a month after his speech, events will really happen.When the world thinks that China's regime is about to collapse, the Chinese government is creating all kinds of miracles. It is undeniable that General Zhang and about one million people have made great contributions to China's construction.

  40. Western media contorl the world ,keep going incrediet China many years, Western media never report one really news about china,all against China

  41. freedom of press already be abused, Western medias are weapon of US and US dogs,their duty are propaganda against and incrediet china.

  42. Good grief… what an insult to the intelligence of anyone with more than two working brain cells.
    And to add insult to injury, our taxes are PAYING for this utter gobshyte trying to pass itself off as "journalism"?

  43. China is trying to be a better country. It's very hard to improve with such a large task. They are fundamentally a good people. They went from hardline to allowing Christianity in 40 years. It takes time, take it easy on China.

  44. Wake up everyone! Which reporter whose daily bread of writing whims and fancies to earn the butter for the bread spread. Take it with a pinch of salt and don't get emotionally work up for a better health. Everyone says things, do things to their own advantage.

  45. Hong Kong IA a unique city. Get people are hardworking, yet polite an well-mannered. Mainlanders are Not. They are Communists and eat dogs and cats. And all they think about is money and materialistic wealth.

  46. Why don’t you remove the rotating and eye catching Japanese Fascism Flag at 4:07 before deleting all the “offensive” comments?

  47. I do not understand the issue here. BBC has a global footprint and USA media through its journalists and news media has had unprecedented penetration of the western press for the past 70 years. News corp is dominant and does not provide independent reporting can be considered an arm of western political elites. So why wouldn't the Chinese also seek to convey a message that reflects their value set.

  48. China is Australia's largest trading partner. When China diversify, Australian economy will tank. They rather be racist, have recession, high unemployment, their people suffering, various socio economic problems, than be fair towards the rise of China.

  49. Whoever edited those stupid and weird music of this video is keen to receive brain surgery treatment. YEAH KEEP DELETING MY COMMENT.

  50. Yes where were the comments up here before YouTube. Please watch Nathan Rich's YouTube Re ABC China watch. Very bias Australian ABC. I commented and was deleted. Talk about ChiNa trying silent their people with propagandas . Aren't your so called democracy also feed us with the bias news you reported to us Australians.

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