These media sources are moderately to strongly biased toward liberal causes through story selection and/or political affiliation. They may utilize strong loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes), publish misleading reports and omit reporting of information that may damage liberal causes. Some sources in this category may be untrustworthy. See all Left Bias sources.
- Overall, we rate the China Internet Information Center Left Biased based on favorable reporting on the Communist Party of China. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to poor sourcing and promotion of one sided pro-Government propaganda.
Factual Reporting: MIXED
World Press Freedom Rank: China 177/180
Launched in 2000, China.org.cn also known as The China Internet Information Center (CIIC) is a state owned news website based in the People’s Republic of China. According to their about page The China Internet Information Center (CIIC) states that they cover news about China in ten languages: Chinese, English, French, Spanish, German, Japanese, Russian, Arabic, Korean and Esperanto, as well as government position papers and information about Chinese history, politics, economics and culture. Currently, Wang Xiaohui, is the Editor-in-Chief.
Funded by / Ownership
In their own words the China Internet Information Center (CIIC) is “published under the auspices of the State Council Information Office and the China International Publishing Group in Beijing.” The China International Publishing Group is owned by the Communist Party of China and they are funded by the state.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the China Internet Information Center publishes articles with emotionally loaded language such as in this quote regarding Hong Kong “Hong Kong residents voice support for police, national unity.” They report with bias in this article by representing only the pro-Beijing perspective as they do not report on police brutality directed at the protesters. Other articles serve as propaganda for the Communist Party such as this: China to become first to realize UN goal of ‘no poverty’. This story is not hyperlinked to sources that can validate their claims.
When it comes to sourcing they don’t use hyperlinks but rather use quotes such as in this article, where they mention The Guardian and Russian propaganda TV station RT. When covering world news, pertaining to the USA, they cover the Trump administration with a critical tone such as in this “Assassination of Soleimani will put Trump in crisis”. However, they also feature well written analysis of world affairs that is minimally biased such as this: The Middle East in 2019, unfortunately this story also is not sourced, which does not allow the reader the opportunity to validate their claims. In general, CIIC promotes Communist Party propaganda through both omission of negative reporting on China and frequent positive reporting regarding the Chinese Government.
A factual search reveals they have not been fact checked by an IFCN fact checker.
Overall, we rate the China Internet Information Center Left Biased based on favorable reporting on the Communist Party of China. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to poor sourcing and promotion of one sided pro-Government propaganda. (M. Huitsing 01/08/2020)