CNN is facing pressure to reveal how much it was paid to run sponsored content from a Chinese state-run newspaper on its website promoting the Beijing Winter Games.
Content provided by Xinhua News Agency – a newspaper founded and run by the government agency State Council of the People’s Republic of China – casts the Beijing Olympics as a “winter sporting event like no other “.
In an upbeat article, he focuses on the searing effects of the Games – which take place February 4-20 – from “green building” to extended “security protocols”.
It is conspicuously absent from any mention of current criticism surrounding the Winter Games – including human rights issues with Uyghurs, athletes and journalists being warned to use burning phones to protect themselves from censorship. and hacking, as well as extreme COVID-19 measures forcing athletes to slam the unbearable quarantine hotels.
“The Beijing 2022 Winter Games will provide a stage for the world’s best winter sports athletes and highlight China’s efforts to stage a safe and sustainable event on a global scale,” reads sponsored content on the site. “This is an event like no other for athletes and winter sports fans.”
It also highlights China’s new “state-of-the-art Fuxing bullet train” which was unveiled earlier this year to “serve the Games”.
It is unclear how much CNN was paid by the Chinese newspaper to publish the content on its site. DailyMail.com has contacted CNN for comment.
CNN published sponsored content with the Xinhua News Agency – a government-run news source
The article pointed out that the Winter Games would be a “sporting event like no other”. Despite continued criticism of the Games – particularly around the country’s Uyghur people – the article paints a dazzling picture of the Games
But, regardless, many Americans and other Western nations are boycotting the Games — largely because of the reported genocide of the Uyghur people.
China has denied any wrongdoing and even featured a Uyghur cross-country skier at the opening ceremony. However, China refuses to allow the UN into the region.
Reports of mass genocide and sterilization have been pouring in recently, forcing many countries to withdraw their support for the Games.
Recently, Gulbahar Haitiwaji, who was imprisoned in one of the facilities, wrote for Mail on Sunday that the ‘re-education camps’ were meant to ‘eradicate an entire ethnicity’.
The Olympics have been dubbed the Genocide Games because many countries – including the United States – are boycotting the games due to the reported treatment of the Uyghur people in China, who were forced to camp and faced genocide from mass and sterilization.
Protesters call for ‘no more Shame Olympics’. One panel even features a skier, which could have been a reference to the Beijing Opening Ceremony featuring a Uyghur cross-country skier.
“The camps, which China describes as ‘schools,’ claim to ‘eradicate Islamist terrorism from Uyghur minds,’ she wrote for the newspaper in January. “In reality, they aim to eradicate an entire ethnicity.”
She spoke of having received a “vaccine” which many other women in the camp say stopped their periods.
Haitiwaji was sentenced to seven years of re-education after being tried as an Islamic terrorist in a nine-minute trial. She recalled the experience as “dragging my body through hell and my mind to the brink of insanity” and being “stripped of your individuality”.
Uyghur Muslims have also been shackled with “tiger chains”, tortured and sterilized in brutal camps in China.
More than a million Uyghurs are missing in China.
Even more criticism fell on the country after the FBI and the International Olympic Committee issued a warning about potential cyber attacks at the Games and advised the use of burn-in phones.
He cited the mandatory health app could pose a risk, as well as digital wallets and vaccination cards.
In a bulletin, the FBI said: “The FBI urges all athletes to keep their personal cell phones at home and to use a temporary phone during the Games. At this time, the FBI is not aware of any specific cyber threats against the Olympics, but encourages partners to remain vigilant and apply best practices in their network and digital environments.
Many people have pointed to these ‘re-education camps’ (pictured) as grounds for mass genocide, but China denies any wrongdoing. However, the UN refuses to allow the UN to enter the region
Tens of thousands of Uyghurs have been thrown into forced re-education camps, forcibly sterilized and their families shattered in a Chinese crackdown on the minority
The government agency also said that 450 million cyberattacks were attempted during the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, but none were successful.
Now athletes are decrying “inedible meals” and harsh quarantine conditions for those who test positive for COVID-19.
Valeria Vasnetsova, a Russian biathlete, claims she was served the same inedible meal three times a day for five consecutive days – and it left her so emaciated that her “bones [were] which exceeds.’
German team leader Dirk Schimmelpfennig also slammed the “unacceptable” conditions for his athletes, saying the isolation rooms are too small, not hygienic enough, the food is poor and the PCR tests the athletes have to pass to release are not administered.
Natalia Maliszewska, a speed skater from Poland, described being repeatedly moved in and out of quarantine on successive days due to conflicting Covid test results, an experience she described as a ‘trauma’ that left her “crying and crying”.
During a ‘horrifying night’, she said officials dragged her out of bed at 3am in order to bring her back to the Athletes’ Village after deciding she was COVID-free – for saying later that they had made a mistake before bringing her back to segregation.
Valeria Vasnetsova, a Russian biathlete, uploaded a since-deleted Instagram post showing the meal she claims Chinese Olympic officials fed her three times a day for three consecutive days while she was isolated from COVID-19. 19
Olympic teams say isolation rooms are too small for athletes to train in, the food is poor, hygiene standards aren’t being met and the tests competitors have to pass to break free aren’t given on time
“I was sitting in the ambulance. It was 3am. I was crying like crazy because I didn’t know what was going on. I didn’t feel safe at all,” the 26-year-old said.
Hundreds of athletes have been placed in quarantine as Beijing attempts to stage a virus-free event.
Overall viewership for the Games – which airs on NBC – was also incredibly low. US viewership is extremely low with just 14-16 million viewers for the opening ceremony – the lowest since 1988 in Calgary which saw just 20.1 million. It even dipped lower than the last Winter Games in 2018, which was 43% higher at 28.3 million.
This is not the first time CNN has been accused of promoting Chinese propaganda when the news source published stories about China’s vaccination rates and the Chinese Communist Party’s centennial celebration.
CNN was jokingly dubbed the China News Network by critics for glorifying the Communist Party in an article.
‘I don’t know what there is to celebrate. Over the past 100 years, the CCP has murdered and robbed millions of people. Xi is committing genocide in Xinjiang, wiping out One Country Two Systems in Hong Kong, and threatening war in Taiwan, to name just a few of Xi’s crimes,’ Republican Representative Ken Buck wrote on Twitter on June 30, 2021.
While another reviewer slammed CNN for “celebrating the CCP and praising Xi.”
CNN has also been criticized for publishing an article about China administering “its billionth coronavirus vaccine” and for using Chinese data.