EU Softens Report on Chinese Disinformation After Pressure From China
The European Union caved to the demands of the Chinese Communist Party and altered a report that documented their disinformation campaign regarding their response to the coronavirus. The EU ended up removing language that criticized the CCP in order to deflect blame for their handling of the pandemic’s spread and its coverup of its origin.
The original report read that “China has continued to run a global disinformation campaign to deflect blame for the outbreak of the pandemic and improve its international image… both overt and covert tactics have been observed.” The report also criticized the CCP for blaming France for how it handled the virus.
However, Chinese diplomats reached out to the EU after learning of this report and its imminent release, threatening consequences from Beijing should the EU not revoke or alter the report.
The EU then rewrote the report, whitewashing references to the Chinese disinformation campaign and making it softer on the CCP. For example, one section cites disinformation from “state-backed sources from various governments, including Russia and – to a lesser extent – China,” as the Daily Caller’s Chuck Ross writes.
This pressure from the CCP and its continuing disinformation campaign has been continuing since the beginning of the pandemic, from its coverup on the origin of the virus and where it came from, to its “disappearing” of any whistleblowers, and using the World Health Organization (WHO) as their PR mouthpiece.