An accidental social media post revealed how one Chinese outlet is toeing the line while the world grapples with the mounting Russia-Ukraine conflict.
Horizon News, a subset of Beijing News, which is owned by the Chinese Communist Party, posted “instructions” on how to cover the escalating tensions to its Weibo page on Tuesday, according to The Washington Post.
China has strengthened its alliance with Russia in recent years and the two countries have also become increasingly active economic partners. Trade between China and Russia has grown from $10.7 billion in 2004 to $140 billion by 2021, according to the Carnegie Moscow Center think tank.
Coupled with China’s strict limits on press freedoms, news outlets in the nation are constrained in what they can say without government intervention.