Louise Kenney, apparently a representative of ‘Australia’s Global CAMG Media Group,’ was heckled during a National People’s Congress press conference, when she asked a softball question on behalf of her Chinese-owned Australian media company and was loudly outed as a ‘fake’ reporter.
The incident took place yesterday, when Kenney was chosen by the powers that be to ask a question to China’s central bank governor Zhou Xiaochuan, and she asked a pleasant little inquiry about foreign investment instead of, say, shadow banking or corruption. In response, as AFP reports, “another foreign reporter shouted out in Chinese: “Call on a real foreign journalist, not a fake one,” to applause and laughter from the room.” (My emphasis)
Global CAMG Media Group has offices in Melbourne but is owned by Beijing and linked to Chinese state media, and this is the second time the Chinese Government has deployed the laowai-questioner in an attempt to look more open:
Another CAMG employee, Andrea Yu, raised eyebrows at the five-yearly Communist Party Congress in 2012 — when she was called upon by moderators at least four separate times.
Yu later acknowledged in an interview with Australian Broadcasting Corporation that the company’s majority shareholding is from China.
“I am aware that I can’t ask the hard questions that I may personally be interested in asking because of who I’m representing,” she said.
Clever job, CCP, but apparently not clever enough; reporters from Global CAMG Media Group (which, let’s be real, sounds like a made-up organization) are now widely-known as propagandists and white-faced-CCP-plants, as even a simple Googling of their group can show.
[Image via CAMG Media]