China Intensifies Campaign to Manipulate Media Worldwide


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China is intensifying its campaign to influence and manipulate news and information worldwide, and using an array of tools to project a positive image of itself abroad, a US-based watchdog group said in a report released on Thursday, RFA reported. In Southeast Asia, Indonesia and Malaysia were vulnerable to Beijing’s influence campaigns from early 2019 through the end of last year, while the Philippines was more resilient, according to the new report by Freedom House, a non-profit organization headquartered in Washington. “The Chinese government, under the leadership of President Xi Jinping, is accelerating a massive campaign to influence media outlets...