mandag 1. mars 2021

China’s Global Media Footprint: Democratic Responses to Expanding Authoritarian Influence

Over the past decade, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has overseen a dramatic expansion of efforts to shape media content around the world, affecting every region and multiple languages. Leveraging propaganda, disinformation, censorship, and influence over key nodes in the information flow, these efforts go beyond simply “telling China’s story.” Their sharper edge often undermines democratic norms, erodes national sovereignty, weakens the financial sustainability of independent media, and violates local laws. No country is immune: the targets include poor and institutionally fragile states as well as wealthy democratic powers. 

Beijing has insinuated its content, economic leverage, and influence into foreign media markets in many subtle ways—for example, through content-sharing agreements and media partnerships that result in vast amounts of Chinese state media content dominating portions of the news, or through stifling independent coverage that is critical of the People's Republic of China (PRC). But the CCP’s success has also been aided by weaknesses within democratic and semi-democratic countries.