U.S. media companies have run nearly $2 million in advertisements over the past six months for a newspaper published by the Communist Party of China (CCP), despite heightened awareness around foreign disinformation campaigns.
The English-language publication, China Daily, is controlled directly by the CCP's propaganda arm – the State Council Information Office – and pushes a positive view of communist policies.
A filing with the Department of Justice showed that a variety of well-known publications participated in featuring and printing China Daily's content:
- The Wall Street Journal received $461,489.
- The Los Angeles Times received $340,000 for advertising and $110,000 for printing.
- Foreign Policy magazine received $100,000.
- The Financial Times in the U.K. received $223,710.
- Globe & Mail in Canada received $132,046.
- The Houston Chronicle received $92,000.
- The Boston Globe received $76,000.
The filing also showed that China Daily has spent more than $4.4 million on printing, distribution, advertising, and administration within the last half year.
A similar filing in June showed that China Daily paid The Washington Post more than $4.6 million from 2016 to 2019 and paid The Wall Street Journal $6 million between 2016 and April 2020.
Other publications such as The New York Times quietly removed any connection to Daily China on their sites as criticisms have grown more public.
China Daily has numerous articles run through these outlets slamming the Trump Administration on policies relating to China and downplaying the CCP's responsibility for the spread of COVID-19.
🔦 The U.S. State Department listed China Daily and numerous other CCP-run news outlets as foreign embassies in February, saying they are mouthpieces for China – a move that limits their protections and rights as members of the press.