søndag 25. mars 2018

China state media merger to create propaganda giant

China has confirmed plans to merge its state television and radio stations to create a new broadcaster that will be one of the largest propaganda platforms in the world. Chinese state media reported the merger of China Central Television (CCTV), China Radio International and China National Radio under a single network to be named Voice of China. The goal of the new platform will be to “guide hot social issues, strengthen and improve public opinion, push multimedia integration, strengthen international communication and tell good China stories,” according to a notice published by Xinhua, China’s official news agency, on Wednesday.

The announcement comes as the Chinese president, Xi Jinping – who was unanimously elected to a second term at the weekend after pushing through changes to the constitution to remove term limits – takes tighter control over the government.