Certainly one of Australia’s largest Chinese language-language media teams—which has hyperlinks to Beijing—has been seized by liquidators.
Ostar Worldwide Media Group, which relies in Melbourne, runs eight Chinese language and English-language radio stations, 11 Chinese language newspapers, and an internet tv program. Its most distinguished program is the 3CW radio station in Melbourne.
The group’s proprietor, millionaire Jiang Zhaoqing—or Tommy Jiang—was revealed to have hyperlinks to the Chinese language Communist Social gathering and was invited as a particular visitor in 2011 to go to Beijing and attend the Chinese language Individuals’s Political Consultative Convention.
Ostar owed $5.6 million, together with $550,000, to the Australian Taxation Workplace, in line with the liquidation report.
The group additionally owed funds to media licensing companies JLS Media ($287,000) and Geelong Broadcasters ($64,000). As well as, the Northeast Chinese language Chamber of Commerce was owed $100,000.
Ostar’s media shops are identified for towing a reasonably pro-Beijing line. In March 2020, one on-line information website owned by Ostar defended Beijing’s handling of COVID-19 after Victorian state Member of Parliament Bernie Finn revealed a sequence of Fb posts criticising the Chinese language regime.
Jiang’s different enterprise, International CAMG Media Group, stays solvent, nevertheless.
International CAMG is 60 p.c owned by Guoguang Century Media Consultancy, which in flip, is owned by Chinese language state-owned media large, China Radio Worldwide (CRI)
CRI’s Sydney Bureau Chief Li Dayong left Australia after allegedly being questioned by the Australian Safety and Intelligence Organisation.
The seizure of Ostar comes following the discharge of recent experiences revealing the complete extent of Beijing’s affect or management over Chinese language-language media in Australia.
In December, the Australian Strategic Coverage Institute discovered that 12 out of the 24 largest conventional Chinese language media shops in Australia had been run by executives with hyperlinks to the United Entrance Work Division, Beijing’s foremost abroad infiltration organ.
An extra 4 shops had been immediately owned or obtained monetary assist from Beijing.
The report complemented earlier revelations by Australia’s peak intelligence physique, the Workplace of Nationwide Intelligence, that the CCP had affect or management over two-thirds of on-line Chinese language information media.
Former Performing Immigration Minister Alan Tudge warned final 12 months that “malign information or propaganda” was being unfold by ethnic media within the nation, together with shops “managed or funded” by state gamers.