TAIPEI, TAIWAN – June 23, 2019: Protesters hold placards with messages that read “reject red
media” and “safeguard the nation’s democracy” during a rally against pro-China media in front of the Presidential Office building in Taipei. Photo credit: HSU TSUNHSU/AFP via Getty Images.
The Chinese government’s media influence efforts have increased since 2019 in most of the 30 countries under study, but democratic pushback has often curbed their impact.
3Further citations for information in this essay that was drawn from the study's individual country reports can be found separately in those reports, which are available on the Freedom House website: www.freedomhouse.org. “Indian Media Published Special Page on Celebrating the 72nd Anniversary of Founding of the People’s Republic of China,” Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the Republic of India, October 1, 2021, http://in.china-embassy.gov.cn/eng/xwfw/xxfb/202110/t20211001_9571016.h….
5The company indeed removed the website, but after activists exposed the incident to international media, the firm backtracked, apologized, reinstated the site, and committed to reconsidering their screening process for future requests. “Israeli hosting firm Wix removes Hong Kong democracy website after police order,” Agence France Presse, June 5, 2021, https://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-hosting-firm-wix-removes-hong-kon…
6Yang, Fan, Luke Heemsbergen, and P. David Marshall. “Studying WeChat Official Accounts with Novel ‘Backend-in’ and ‘Traceback’ Methods: Walking through Platforms Back-to-Front and Past-to-Present.” Media International Australia 184, no. 1 (August 2022): 63–78. https://doi.org/10.1177/1329878X221088052.