- Overall, we rate China Global Television Network (CGTN) news Questionable based on the promotion of pro-state propaganda and heavy censorship.
Factual Reporting: MIXED
World Press Freedom Rank: China 177/180
China Global Television Network (CGTN) is China’s new international media organization, which was launched by the national broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) on December 31, 2016 and its headquarters are in Beijing.
China Global Television Network (CGTN) provides coverage of public and government affairs, world news, politics, business tech & sci culture & sports, opinions, and more.
According to their about page they describe their mission as “Our mission is to create a better understanding of international events across the world, bridging continents and bringing a more balanced view to global news reporting. Ultimately, we believe facts should speak for themselves and are committed to neutral, objective reporting.”
Funded by / Ownership
CGTN is owned and operated by China Central Television (CCTV). The website does not have advertising and is funded by the Chinese government.
Analysis / Bias
Reporters without Borders has reported China as the “World’s leading prison for citizen journalists” According to reporters without borders 2019 report, China ranks 177 out of 180 countries in the World Press Freedom Index, which equates to almost zero press freedom.
According to Foreign Policy, CGTN is a part of a global $6.6 billion media expansion campaign involving TV, radio, and newspapers that started in 2009 during the presidency of Hu Jintao, Xi’s predecessor. The purpose of this is to serve as a global mouthpiece for the Chinese Communist Party.
In review, China Global Television Network (CGTN) uses a neutral tone when reporting national political news such as “Yizhuang will host Beijing’s first test road for self-driving vehicles.” They typically utilize factually mixed sources such as Xinhua News Agency and further, when reporting world and USA news China Global Television Network (CGTN) utilizes minimally loaded words in their articles and they do present low biased coverage of USA news through the use of credible sources such as AFP, and Reuters. However, this does not mean they are without bias. 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 CGTN a factually Mixed and propaganda source.
Failed Fact Checks
Overall, we rate China Global Television Network (CGTN) news Questionable based on the promotion of pro-state propaganda and heavy censorship. (M. Huitsing 1/6/2018) Updated (6/29/2020)