- Overall, we rate the China Daily Questionable based on the endorsement of the Chinese Communist Government and editorial positions that promote state propaganda.
Reasoning: State Propaganda
World Press Freedom Rank: China 176/180
Launched in 1981, China Daily is a Chinese news organization from Beijing China, which provides news and analysis, finance, sports, education, and more, for global readers with a focus on China. According to its about page, China Daily also publishes 9 overseas editions “covering North and South America, Europe, the Asia-Pacific, and Africa.” China Daily’s Publisher and Editor-in-Chief is former vice president of Xinhua News Agency Zhou Shuchun and Larry Lee is vice chairman of China Daily Holding Co., Ltd, which is the parent company of China Daily USA.
Funded by / Ownership
China Daily is run by the Communist Party of China. A disclaimer at the bottom of the web page states “The content (including but not limited to text, photo, multimedia information, etc) published in this site belongs to China Daily Information Co (CDIC).” China Daily (Holding) Co. Ltd is the parent company of China Daily USA. China Daily is funded through advertising and subscriptions, however we could not find the details of government funding. According to an Economist article titled “China is spending billions on its foreign-language media” the government funds the media.
Analysis / Bias
Here are some examples of the National news coverage of China Daily: After a major drugmaker was found to be supplying expired vaccines to children, China Daily published an editorial with a critical tone, “Transparency can help ease panic over vaccine scandal: China Daily Editorial.” China Daily typically sources to Xinhua News Agency or New China News Agency (the official state-run press agency of China). They also publish articles criticizing western media on The Xinjiang conflict centered around the Uyghurs, “Reality of Xinjiang different from that portrayed by West”. The Guardian and Der Spiegel among others, report this story quite differently.
When covering world news pertaining to the USA, they use loaded language such as “No credibility to Trump’s China-hacking tweets”, with a quote from the article that reads “To the thinking person, there are few things more disconcerting than a tweet by the US president as they initially seem to accord to reality but then quickly turn into messages from some alternative universe.”
A factual search reveals that China Daily has not failed a fact check by an IFCN fact-checker. This does not mean that China Daily is a factual source, as the Government controls what is printed, which always supports the Communist Party of China.
Overall, we rate the China Daily Questionable based on the endorsement of the Chinese Communist Government and editorial positions that promote state propaganda. (7/29/2016) Updated (M. Huitsing 5/17/2019)