WARNING: China Taking Over Media in Africa

In one of the largest secret moves in the world today, China is about to take over as the king of media in Africa.

China’s Communist Party propaganda arm, Xinhua, now 37 bureaus in Africa, is providing free training to African journalists, is providing free infrastructure and communication equipment, and is even installing satellites for homes in Africa. This effort dwarves every other news agency in Africa —African or non-African.

China is aggressively installing satellite dishes in 10,000 rural homes across 20 African countries, linking them to Chinese digital TV with zero subscription fees. The most basic subscription comes with 30 channels, but with a catch. It’s only international news channels are two 24-hour media outlets owned and operated by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

This is media warfare on a different level. A combative media infiltration on this scale has never been allowed before. Imagine if any media outlet attempted to do anything of this nature in China. It would have immediately been labeled a threat to national security.

Today, more than ever, media is a battlefield and that is why China spends billions of dollars a year on global media campaigns in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and America, but nowhere has China made as much headway as they have just pulled off in Africa.

China’s state-owned StarTimes is now the second-largest digital television provider in Africa, boasting more than 13 million digital TV subscribers and 20 million streaming subscribers. The CCP has more media offices in Africa than any other, with a total of 37 bureaus.

As a result, African viewers are already starting to notice certain indigenous news stories disappear and covered up with Chinese-backed stories. Just the Kenyan outlet alone is cranking out about 1,800 news stories per month and not a single one of the stories are delivered by a Chinese person or shared by a Chinese face. They are all put out by African journalists who are trained and paid by Chinese government outlets.

Joseph Odindo, a Kenyan journalist who was flown to China where he was provided training, is a former editorial director of East and Central Africa’s largest media conglomerate, Nation Media Group. He said that the Chinese are training so many African journalists that it was difficult to keep track. “[We] had to draw up a chart which would enable us to see who was out on a Chinese training at any given time, who was due to come back, and who was next — otherwise you could find half of your newsroom is in Beijing undergoing training.”

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