But Rigoni’s company is owned by former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who said he believes that the mix of Chinese media and state power is not unique. He said: “This is not the only country where major television and radio programs are controlled by the government or parliament.”
Anthony Bellanger, secretary-general of the International Federation of Journalists, said in an email that his view of the report is: “Although China is an increasingly powerful force in the information war, it resists the United States. Such pressure exerted is also crucial., Russia and other governments around the world.”
But there is almost no question, which government is more committed to this sport now. A report written by Sarah Cook last year for Freedom House, a non-profit organization advocating political freedom in the United States, found that Beijing “spends hundreds of millions of dollars each year to spread its information to people around the world. audience”.
During the Cold War, the United States may have created secret and public tools of influence, but the government’s official channels have dried up. In the early days of the Cold War, the CIA’s influential activities quickly unfolded. The agency secretly funded influential journals such as Encounter and gave way to American media such as Voice of America and Radio Liberty, which tried to Expand U.S. influence by spreading uncensored local news to authoritarian countries. After the Cold War, these weapons became softer tools of American power.
But recently, President Donald J. Trump tried to turn these media into even more absurd propaganda tools, and the Democrats and their own reporters refused. In terms of how to use its own media channels, the lack of consensus in the United States makes the US government powerless. Instead, the cultural power represented by companies like Netflix and Disney-much stronger than any government effort and more funding-has been working hard.
Journalists all over the world have expressed doubts about the effectiveness of the Chinese government’s frequent tactical propaganda. When I recalled the value of the week’s unread “China Daily” sent to my home last week, of course I was also skeptical. This kind of propaganda that can be carried out in China, without any real news report answer, has largely failed to attract people’s attention in the fierce open market competition.
Eric Oduor, secretary-general of the Kenya Journalists Federation, said: “China is working hard to promote its content in Kenyan media, but the influence is not that big.”