Sinopsis, a Czech website covering Chinese politics, has published a report examining China’s media operations in Europe, arguing that China’s dominance of Europe’s Chinese-language media landscape poses challenges for European institutions. According to Sinopsis’ policy brief:
July 30, 2021 The European operations of the China News Service (CNS), the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) united front system’s main propaganda agency, and its extensive network of media outlets in the continent have so far largely escaped the scrutiny applied to other propaganda organs. The CNS network’s dominance of Europe’s Chinese-language media landscape poses challenges for European institutions. CNS coordinates a global network of ostensibly private, independent diaspora media groups that help inject CCP propaganda narratives into both Chinese diaspora and local mainstream discourse. While these entities avoid the public suspicion PRC foreign-language media have aroused, they have been more successful in dominating part of Europe’s information landscape. […] Evidence suggests that at least some CCP-coopted media in Europe may be political, rather than commercial enterprises, relying on capital injections from their owners or the party-state to continue operating.
Read the full report here.
The report recommends that to counter Chinese propaganda efforts, EU institutions and governments should establish a scheme requiring foreign influence agencies to register, media regulatory authorities should proactively screen media organizations, media organizations should cease all cooperation with the China News Service (CNS) and its network, and European governments should support genuinely independent Chinese diaspora media without links to CCP influence organs.
Recent GIOR coverage of China’s media operations in Europe has included:
- In July, we reported about a NATO paper identifying Chinese media outlets linked to its united front work.
- In May, we reported that China is laundering its propaganda in the Czech Republic through local ‘alternative media’ disinformation outlets.
- In May, we reported that China is expanding its influence in Germany through deals with German publishers and the laundering of Chinese propaganda through local TV productions.
- In April, we reported that China’s state propaganda apparatus is expanding its influence among foreign audiences through advertorial inserts in Western mainstream media outlets.