Pro-China ad campaign in Chch newspaper worries expert

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Mon, 3 Aug 2020, 8:30PM
Chinese President Xi Jinping. Photo / AP

Pro-China ad campaign in Chch newspaper worries expert

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Mon, 3 Aug 2020, 8:30PM

An expert says a pro-China ad campaign in a Christchurch paper is the tip of the iceberg.

The Christchurch Star is under fire for a paid campaign by the Chinese Consulate, pushing it's Government's stance on the Hong Kong protests, Covid-19 and treatment of Uyghur Muslims.

But University of Canterbury Professor Anne-Marie Brady told Heather Du Plessis-Allen the ads are a minuscule part of global efforts - to reshape China's image.

She says the Chinese Government's putting a lot of resources into cleaning up its international image - even here in New Zealand with large paid features in the Dominion Post.

Brady says the Advertising Standards Authority's had three complaints about the ads - but none have been upheld.

"There are concerns it's not doing its job - and making sure paid ads separate opinion from fact."

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