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China's StarTimes Is Now One of Africa's Most Important Media Companies

The Beijing-based StarTimes Group is now one of Africa's most important media companies with 10 million subscribers across 30 countries. The pay TV company is leading the continent's transition from analog to digital television with some of the world's most ...

The Chinese Media's African identity crisis

The Chinese Communist Party-controlled international television news broadcaster CGTN (China Global Television News) faces a seemingly-irreconcilable dilemma. While the network positions itself as an alternative to the dominant global channels like CNN, BBC and Al Jazeera, CGTN ...

The Enduring Popularity of Chinese Kung Fu Movies in Africa

The Chinese government is spending billions of dollars around the world to expand its already massive global media footprint. Africa is a major destination for a lot of that investment. Although it is not clear how much money the Chinese have spent ...

China Working Hard to Challenge West's News Narratives in Africa

The Chinese media presence across Africa has expanded dramatically over the past ten years as Beijing invested millions of dollars to build out a vast distribution network for its newspaper, radio and TV content. China's flagship ...

New Short Film Humanizes the China-Africa Relationship

When independent filmmaker Carl Houston Mc Millan was growing up in the tiny southern African country of Lesotho he saw firsthand the effects of China's surging engagement in Africa. Even in this remote country, embedded ...

Outrage Over the #RacistChineseAd: What Did We Learn?

The company behind the racist Chinese laundry detergent ad that sparked widespread online outrage around the world issued a half-hearted apology for the uproar it caused. Actually, it was one of those 'we're ...

A Chinese Journalist Reflects on Reporting the China-Africa Story

How foreign journalists report on the China-Africa story is often determined by the national origin of their news organization. While there are no doubt exceptions, the US news media frequently frame China as the neo-colonial aggressor and Africa as the persistent victim of foreign ...

A Journalist's Guide to Covering FOCAC 6

When covering any major international summit it can be challenging to get the "real story" beyond the official communiqués and government talking-points, especially at Chinese events where the messaging is often tightly controlled. James Schneider is ...

A Journalist's View On Reporting the China-Africa Story

The US-based online news site Quartz is among a growing number of international media companies that is investing resources to better cover Africa. The company launched Quartz Africa in June 2015 with the

The News Media's Mixed Record in Covering China-Africa Ties

News organizations from across Africa and around the world are devoting more resources to covering China's engagement on the continent. The overall quantity of coverage has undoubtedly increased over the past decade. The key question, though, is whether all of that coverage has produced ...
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