- Overall, we rate China Global Television Network (CGTN) news Questionable based on promoting pro-state propaganda and heavy censorship.
Questionable Reasoning: Propaganda, Censorship
Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER
Factual Reporting: MIXED
Press Freedom Rank: TOTAL OPPRESSION
Media Type: TV Station
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: LOW CREDIBILITY
China Global Television Network (CGTN) is China’s new international media organization, 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 about 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
- “#AntiViolenceRescueHongKong# Jimmy Sham acted again as expected, big liar!” – False
- A new study by a Canadian think tank ranked the Hong Kong Police Force the sixth most reliable in the world in 2019. – Misleading
- “[I]n the Budapest Memorandum of 1994, the U.S. offered security guarantees to Ukraine in exchange for the country giving up its nuclear arsenal … [W]hen push came to shove, the U.S. ignored this commitment.” – False
Overall, we rate China Global Television Network (CGTN) news Questionable based on promoting pro-state propaganda and heavy censorship. (M. Huitsing 1/6/2018) Updated (03/08/2022)
Last Updated on March 8, 2022 by Media Bias Fact Check
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