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- Overall, we rate Caixin Global Questionable based on the promotion of pro-government propaganda and significant censorship that omits criticism of the government.
Reasoning: Censorship, Propaganda
World Press Freedom Rank: China 177/180
Launched in 2009 by Hu Shuli, The Beijing-based Caixin Global provides business and financial news about China. In 2009, Hu Shuli resigned from a financial news magazine called Caijing magazine which also was founded by her. In 2010, she established Caixin Media Company Limited, followed by an English-language news site called “Caixin Online.” According to its about page Caixin Media Company Limited provides “financial and business news through periodicals, online content, mobile apps, conferences, books, and TV/video programs” through “integrated multimedia platforms.” Caixin Online grew into Claxin Global which, provides “intelligence and consultancy services, bespoke research, and a conference and network platform.” In 2013, according to a Variety article “Li Ruigang’s CMC Buys Stake in Caixin Media.” In 2019, Reuters described Caixin as “backed by tech giant Tencent Holdings Ltd and investment firm China Media Capital (CMC).” China Media Capital is owned by Li Ruigang and he is also the Chairman. The current Editor-in-Chief is Wang Shuo, though Shuli still serves as the publisher.
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Funded by / Ownership
Caixin Global is published by Hu Shuli. China Media Capital (CMC) holds large stakes in Caixin as reported by Reuters and Hollywood Reporter. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) report indicates “CMC Capital’s prominent founding partners include China Development Bank (CDB), one of China’s largest financial institutions.” Known as China’s Rupert Murdoch, Li Ruigang is also a member of the Communist Party of China. In 2018, Hu Shuli stepped down from the editor position. Revenue is derived through a paywall subscription model.
Analysis / Bias
Reporters without Borders states “President Xi Jinping has succeeded in imposing a social model in China based on control of news and information and online surveillance of its citizens. At the same time, he has been trying to export this oppressive model by promoting a “new world media order” under China’s influence.” According to their 2020 report, China ranks 177 out of 180, which equates to almost zero press freedom.
In review, most articles pertaining to the Communist Government are favorable to President Xi Jinping. In other words, the content you find on the website is generally factual and neutral in tone, but it is the consistent bias by omission that makes Caixin Global a factually Mixed propaganda source. For example “Xi Jinping Calls for Unity Between China, U.S. in Pandemic Fight” and “Xi Jinping Says ‘No One Will Emerge as a Winner’ in a Trade War.” Here is an example of a business-related news article “ByteDance Seeks New Investment Opportunities Amid Global TikTok Pushbacks”. Further, when sourcing they typically utilize the factually mixed Chinese state-run press agency Xinhua News Agency and weixin.qq.com/ “WeChat” which is a Chinese messaging app that’s heavily censored by the Government. Caixin also utilizes credible western news sources such as centerforhealthsecurity.org and CNBC.
Caixin Global, the English language arm of Caixin Media, also has a content-sharing partnership with The Straits Times, and The Australian Financial Review which is both rated as right-center biased by Media Bias Fact check. In addition, the Wall Street Journal along with CNBC, and Market Watch is among their media partners. When reporting news pertaining to the USA, Caixin Global utilizes emotionally loaded words in their articles with a negative tone toward the Trump administration “In-Depth: How the U.S. Missed Its Window for Taming the Covid-19 Virus.” In general, the news is reported factually, however it is misleading due to strong censorship of anything that is negative toward China.
Failed Fact Checks
Overall, we rate Caixin Global Questionable based on the promotion of pro-government propaganda and significant censorship that omits criticism of the government. (M. Huitsing 7/27/2020)
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