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Request to Hon’ble Prime Minister of India to Ban China State-owned propaganda News outlets operating in India

Date: 14th January, 2023

To,
Shri Narendra Modi Ji,

Honourable Prime Minister,

Government of India

New Delhi

Subject: Request to Ban People’s Republic of China State-owned propaganda News outlets operating freely in India

Dear Shri Narendra Modi Ji,

We write to you today as members of Red Lantern Analytica, an international observers group, and, most importantly, as Indian citizens, to express our grave concern over People’s Republic of China (PRC) State-owned propaganda outlets operating freely in India via smartphone applications listed in the Google playstore and Apple app store.

These smartphone applications that routinely disseminate biased and degrading views on India disguised as news, pose a significant threat to India’s national security. Due to its free availability, an estimated 60 crore Indians are directly exposed to propaganda funded by the PRC. This is a very large number that represents almost half of India’s population.

As you know, India is engaged in combat with an aggressive PRC along the Indo-Tibetan border in the Himalayas, and 20 of Indian Army personnel were martyred while defending India’s frontiers against the PLA in Galwan valley in 2020. Prior to this, you have emphasised that no one can seize an inch of India’s land. Referring to the recent India-PRC standoff in the Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh in December 2022, the Union Home Minister Shri Amit Shah ji stated that the government is committed to ensuring that not a single inch of India’s soil is compromised. Our request to ban PRC funded apps should be viewed as an extension to your government’s vision to protect India from external threats.

Since we have been closely observing the actions of the Chinese government for quite some time, we would like to emphasise that there is an urgent need to ban such Chinese propaganda programmes that threaten the morale of India and the security of Indian user data. The PRC uses these propaganda channels to wage “Psychological Warfare” against the Indian populace. In addition to propagandistic aims, these applications mines and transmits sensitive user data which can be further misused by PRC backed hackers. PRC ties on “Data Espionage” have been evident in numerous cases, such as the latest Ransomware cyber-attack on the AIIMS, Delhi servers in November 2022 and the attack on seven power grid hubs in North India in April 2022.

We have compiled a brief list of such Applications, but the full list could be extensive, and we will be happy to work with the ministry pro bono to identify additional PRC-owned apps functioning in India.

In February and August 2022, the government banned Chinese applications from smartphone appstores that constituted a threat to India’s privacy and security. However, Media propaganda applications controlled by the PRC were omitted from the list. Therefore, we propose that the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (Meity) use its authority under Section 69a of the Information Technology Act of 2000 to immediately ban the following applications:

S. No. Name of the Application Link of the Application Type of the Application
1 Global Times https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.forhy.clobaltimes Google

Playstore

2 People’s Daily https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.peopleapp.en Google

Playstore

3 CHINA DAILY – 中国日报 https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.theotino.chinadaily Google

Playstore

4 CGTN – China Global TV Network https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.imib.cctv Google

Playstore

5 Xinhua News https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.xinhuamm.xinhuanews Google

Playstore

6 Global Times https://apps.apple.com/in/app/global-times/id1433242294 Apple

App Store

7 Global Times HD https://apps.apple.com/in/app/global-times-hd/id1592273516 Apple

App Store

8 People’s Daily-News from China https://apps.apple.com/in/app/peoples-daily-news-from-china/id1294031865 Apple

App Store

9 Xinhua News https://apps.apple.com/in/app/xinhua-news/id1291745928 Apple

App Store

10 CHINA DAILY – 中国日报 https://apps.apple.com/in/app/china-daily-%E4%B8%AD%E5%9B%BD%E6%97%A5%E6%8A%A5/id330543698 Apple

App Store

11 CGTN – China Global TV Network https://apps.apple.com/in/app/cgtn-china-global-tv-network/id922456579 Apple

App Store

12 ChinaNews – All about China https://apps.apple.com/in/app/chinanews-all-about-china/id957292028 Apple

App Store

13 China Watch: China & World

News

https://apps.apple.com/in/app/china-watch-china-world-news/id1460754626 Apple

App Store

14 China Daily Asia https://apps.apple.com/in/app/china-daily-asia/id6444435083 Apple

App Store

Additionally, we would like to emphasise that instances or clones of the aforementioned applications, which may be available on Amazon Fire Stick Appstore and other Smart TV appstores, must also be investigated and banned.

We await your response and urge you to take the necessary and prompt actions on these matters of national importance.

Yours Sincerely,

Abhishek Ranjan

Founder and Director

Red lantern Analytica

 

 

Copy to:

  1. Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw Ji, Minister for Electronics & Information Technology, GOI
  2. Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar Ji, Minister of State, Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, GOI

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