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Chinese Communist Party Paid DC Radio Station $4.4M to Broadcast Propaganda

Washington D.C radio station WCRW-AM caught taking money from CCP

 on 22nd December 2021 @ 11.00pm
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The station was paid millions by the Chinese Communist Party to spread propaganda

A Washington D.C. radio station has been caught taking millions of dollars from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to spread propaganda in America.

The radio station WCRW-AM was paid $4.4 million from the CCP over the past two years to broadcast propaganda.

The payments were revealed in a report from the Washington Free Beacon.

The station's parent company, Potomac Media Group, struck a lucrative deal with the CCP to portray the brutal Chinese regime in a positive light.

The station aired content from the CCP-controlled China Global Television Network and several talk shows that praise the Chinese dictatorship.

In filings with the Justice Department submitted last Thursday, the Virginia-based Potomac Media Group disclosed its contract with the Communist Party’s International Communication Planning Bureau.

the chinese communist party was paying the station to broadcast propaganda in america © press
The Chinese Communist Party was paying the station to broadcast propaganda in America

Under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, U.S. law requires that anyone inside the United States seeking to influence American policy or public opinion on behalf of a foreign government or group must register with the Department of Justice.

The Free Beacon reported that Potomac Media's filing details how the International Communication Planning Bureau, an arm of China's propaganda ministry, is permitted to review broadcasts and verify programming aired on WCRW.

Potomac Media is contractually obligated to provide the Planning Bureau with reports on audience reach, feedback, and "evaluation from international organizations."

The payments of $4.4 million cover the period between July 2018 and August 2021.

WCRW was paid for broadcasting CGTN content, social media promotion, and for the production of "The Bridge" talk show, according to the Free Beacon.

The report indicated Potomac Media's registration as a foreign agent comes at a time when the federal government is tightening enforcement of foreign agent laws, requiring state-controlled media companies in China, Russia, and Turkey to register their activities with the Justice Department.

CGTN was required to register as a foreign agent in 2019, the Free Beacon notes.

WCRW has reportedly aired content from state-run China Radio International since 1992 but has not until now registered as a foreign agent with the Justice Department.

In 2015, Reuters reported that the FCC would investigate allegations that WCRW was controlled by China Radio International.

At the same time, the Department of Justice announced an investigation to determine whether CRI was in compliance with the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

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China must register with the Department of Justice before trying to influence American public opinion

At the time, Reuters reported that 60% of the station's airtime was leased by a subsidiary of CRI.

China's partnership with a U.S. radio station is just one part of a multifaceted strategy to promote propaganda in the United States.

Chinese state-run media organizations have relied on social media and publication deals with American newspapers and magazines to promote their content to Western audiences.

The Free Beacon observed that China Daily, a Chinese Communist Party-run newspaper, has paid news outlets like Time, Foreign Policy, and The Wall Street Journal millions of dollars to run its articles online.

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tags: China | Propaganda
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