It can come in the form of an admonishing phone call, blocking reporters from a public event, via directives for mainland-linked businesses to pull advertising, or even direct investment from Chinese government bodies.
One way or another, Beijing has extended its messaging control over almost all the Chinese language media in Australia, Australian Chinese media sources say. Politically sensitive or unfavourable coverage of China and the ruling Communist Party has been effectively stopped outside all but a couple of Chinese language outlets, as the government steps up efforts to filter what the Chinese diaspora consumes.
The Chinese national flag at Tiananmen Gate in Beijing. Photo: Bloomberg
Chinese Australian Newspapers: Fortune Weekly, Daily Chinese Herald, Australian Chinese Daily, Sing Tao Daily, and Vision China Times.