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LRO asks for probe into The Hindu’s Chinese links

Legal Rights Observatory (LRO) has approached the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to probe inflow of Chinese money into Chennai based The Hindu group in an attempt to influence Bharatiya media during these sensitive times following the Ladakh War.

LRO has brought to the notice of MHA that China is known for its soft power tactics as has been exposed by author Clive Hamilton who has been researching CCP (Chinese Communist Party).

In their Tweet thread, LRO has cited how CCP is known for using United Front Works Department (UFWD) and Confucius Institute to destroy democracies from inside by strategically using its agents within that country. Already, such an undue influence has been exerted by UFWD in both Australia and New Zealand and a repeat of the same strategy can be seen in China using The Hindu as its agent in Bharat.

In these sensitive times, it was The Hindu alone which published a full-page pointing out the ‘achievements’ of the Chinese government on the occasion of PRC’s (People’s Republic of China) national day. This leaves one in no doubt that Chinese money is being used to peddle its narrative in Bharat and unduly influence its citizens by presenting a favourable picture of China to whitewash its crimes.

Hindupost has highlighted Chinese attempts to infiltrate academia and media all over the world. The mandate to those on CCP’s payrolls is clear; to influence public perception in favour of China and look after the interests of China even at the cost of their own nations.

In view of the national security threat posed by this act of The Hindu in joining hands with the Chinese government to peddle the latter’s narrative, LRO has asked for the intervention of the MHA by conducting a joint probe by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Income Tax department.

The letter asks for a thorough probe of the financial transaction between the owners, directors and editors of The Hindu and the Chinese government as a result of which the media house carried a full-page advertisement in favour of the Chinese at a time when we are at war with them in Ladakh.

Their letter reads “The Chinese money is flowing freely to peddle its lies and propaganda against India well within Indian media, journalist community and writers. Its brazen act of sedition and needs to be investigated thoroughly”.

Considering the fact that it has already been proven that CCP through UFWD is known to recruit media houses and journalists as its agents in democracies across the world, there are sufficient grounds to believe that The Hindu and several other Bharatiya media houses may be acting on behalf of the Chinese government which is a serious threat to the nation’s integrity and safety.

In view of all these facts, the LRO has pleaded with the Home Ministry to launch joint investigation involving ED, Income Tax, IB and all other agencies to track and expose money flow from China to The Hindu and other media houses in Bharat.

In this context, it must be mentioned that recently a Bharatiya freelance journalist Rajeev Sharma was caught spying for the Chinese. This makes it even more imperative that big media houses like The Hindu are brought to justice during these sensitive times.

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