A wave of misleading revisionism has become epidemic in both autocracies and democracies. It has been notably effective — and contagious.
Hu Xijin, editor of the Communist Party tabloid Global Times and pioneer of the country’s fiery online posturing, is retiring from his role.
Beijing argues that its system represents a distinctive form of democracy, one that has dealt better than the West with challenges like the pandemic.
She is not the first celebrity to be scrubbed from the internet, but her supporters are finding creative ways to voice their frustration.
Accustomed to forcing messages on audiences at home and abroad, its propaganda machine hasn’t learned how to craft a narrative that stands up to scrutiny.
The tennis star won independence while remaining in Beijing’s good graces. But she has been unable to break through China’s resistance to sexual assault allegations.
When he helped start Southern Weekly, he charted a course for a freer era for the country’s press, which later became increasingly constrained by Beijing.
Under a new law, China has zealously prosecuted even the perceived slander of Communist figures, broadening Xi Jinping’s campaign to dominate party orthodoxy.
Officials want to avert public panic about the property developer’s financial woes. But they also want to send a message to spendthrift corporations.
The country has never been known for its subtlety, and martial-art stunts have long been a mainstay of its propaganda, designed to stoke national pride and instill fear in enemies.
Australians have been enlisted as unwitting props in an American culture war.
Next week, in a thoroughly modern blurring of reality and fiction, William Shatner will soar to space with Blue Origin. Do you care?
A government-sponsored movie recounting a brutal battle in the Korean War has touched a popular nerve in China at a time of heightened tensions with the United States.
The Kremlin’s propaganda system, lurid and spurious, is central to the president’s power.
A movement against Western influence threatens to close off a nation that succeeded in part by welcoming new ideas.
After Communist Party websites shared Li Guangman’s fierce denunciation of private corporations, contention broke out over whether leaders share his views.
They employed social media to cultivate an image of strength within Afghanistan, while projecting an air of legitimacy to the outside world.
In the 1990s, they banned the internet. Now they use it to threaten and cajole the Afghan people, in a sign of how they might use technology to build power.
In her latest documentary, the director of “One Child Nation” revisits the pandemic as it unfolded in China as well as in the United States.
A wave of nationalistic music, theater and dance is sweeping China, part of Beijing’s efforts to improve the party’s image and strengthen political loyalty.
New and improved attractions dedicated to the Communist Party’s history, or a sanitized version of it, are drawing crowds.
South Korean music, movies and dramas are winning the hearts of young North Koreans. Their influence is seen as a threat to Mr. Kim’s grip on society.
The government has been using its money and power to create an alternative to a global news media dominated by outlets like the BBC and CNN.
An official social media post contrasting Beijing’s successes with its neighbor’s coronavirus woes drew a backlash from some, who called it callous.
The government organized a day of citywide activities, from schools to the police academy, to encourage residents to support a recent national security law.
China’s Covid-19 vaccination campaign got off to a slow start. It is now trying to catch up, through a mixture of freebies and the occasional threat.
“We have defeated the enemy.” The international community is scrambling to secure peace in Afghanistan, but the Taliban believe they have the upper hand — and are saying as much.
The Communist Party’s youth wing and official news outlets used grabby memes and hashtags to start a tsunami of nationalist fury over Xinjiang cotton.
The Russian president has posed for some new publicity stills amid the snowy Siberian landscape.
A newly declassified intelligence report made clear that government agencies long knew of Russia’s work to aid Donald Trump, but he and allies muddied the waters.
The Communist Party’s success in reclaiming the narrative has proved to the world its ability to rally the people to its side, no matter how stumbling its actions might be.
China, Russia and other detractors won’t gain from the United States’ pain.
Lying as a political tool is hardly new. But a readiness, even enthusiasm, to be deceived has become a driving force in politics around the world, most recently in the United States.
The Chinese Communist Party’s efforts to hide its missteps have taken on new urgency as the anniversary of the world’s first Covid-19 lockdown nears.
Thousands of internal directives and reports reveal how Chinese officials stage-managed what appeared online in the early days of the outbreak.
To push the idea that the virus didn’t come from China, the government has misrepresented experts’ remarks and given dubious theories the veneer of science.
President Trump’s baseless claims of a stolen election resonate on Russian state media. Both Russia and China have painted American democracy as volatile and vulnerable.
Many in Beijing believe that the United States will remain hostile to the country’s rise, regardless of who is president.
Unlike any Chinese leader since 1949, he has no identifiable rivals and no likely successors.
New television shows have paid tribute to the city where the coronavirus emerged, focusing on residents’ heroism and glossing over official mistakes.
Caught in a tit-for-tat battle over the media between the two countries, the worried reporters say they help bring a nuanced view of American life back home.
The social media company’s head of cybersecurity policy on “perception hacks” and what it will take to have an authentic election.
His corrosiveness has caused friends to lose trust.
An exhibition looks back at a point in the 1970s when the philosopher and activist was a state-promoted hero behind the Iron Curtain.
China is commemorating the war with a barrage of nationalistic propaganda. “They smashed the myth that the American military was invincible,” China’s leader said.
We are publishing the full list so readers can see whether the sites target their area.
As the United States and Taiwan draw closer, state propaganda is sending the message that China will go to war if necessary.
The app has reshaped the experience of Chinese-Americans for the better, but also spreads misinformation and government propaganda.
A scene from a state-sponsored show extolled men who volunteered but played down women’s contributions. Internet users are calling for the show to be pulled from the air.