Reasoning: Poor Sourcing, State Propaganda
World Press Freedom Rank: China 177/180
Launched in 2000, CCTV International (CCTV-9) is the English-language 24-hour news channel of the national broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) with its headquarters in Beijing.
CCTV International provides coverage of public and government affairs, world events, politics, business, culture & sports, live video broadcast, rebroadcast, video on demand, video download, and visual/audio search services. CCTV International emphasizes a Chinese perspective, promotes Chinese culture, and the positive image of China. Currently, Shen Haixiong is the director of CCTV.
Funded by / Ownership
CCTV International (CCTV-9) is the English-language news channel of state-owned China Central Television (CCTV). The China Media Group is a new broadcasting platform made up of China Central Television (CCTV), China Radio International (CRI), and China National Radio (CNR), which comes under the Publicity Department. You can learn more about Chinese media ownership and influence by viewing our report on Chinese government and media.
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.
According to Reuters, CCTV International (CCTV-9) is a part of the global “soft power” launched by CCTV to extend influence. The purpose of this is to “follow the party line and promote “positive propaganda as the main theme”.
In review, most articles pertaining to the Communist Government are favorable with zero criticism of 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 CCTV International a factually Mixed, propaganda source. For example, “Xi underlines winning anti-poverty battle during Ningxia inspection.” and “Xi’s Yellow River tour a boost to ecological protection, high-quality development”. Further, they exclusively utilize the factually mixed Chinese state-run press agency Xinhua News Agency. When reporting USA news, CCTV International (CCTV-9) utilizes minimally loaded words in their articles and they do present low biased coverage of USA news (when it is US-related news) “George Floyd’s brother testifies before U.S. Congress as police reform becomes partisan issue”. However, when it is related to state affairs they favor China: China rebukes Pompeo’s swipe at HSBC backing national security legislation”. 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
- They have not been fact-checked by an IFCN fact-checker
Overall, we rate CCTV International (CCTV-9) Questionable and Mixed for factual reporting due to the use of poor sources and the publication of state propaganda through bias by omission. (8/31/2016) Updated (M. Huitsing 6/11/2020)