A recent investigation by The New York Times found that US tech baron Neville Roy Singham helped push Chinese propaganda worldwide through his network of nonprofits.
“From a think tank in Massachusetts to an event space in Manhattan, from a political party in South Africa to news organizations in India and Brazil, The Times tracked hundreds of millions of dollars to groups linked to Mr Singham that mix progressive advocacy with Chinese government talking points.,” The New York Times reported.
Notably, Indian news outlet NewsClick found mention in the report – albeit in just a single paragraph. “In New Delhi, corporate filings show, Mr Singham’s network financed a news site, NewsClick,” NYT reported.
The New York Times has named NewsClick, and alleged that it was part of the global network that received funding from China-based American tech mogul Neville Roy Singham, who is reportedly involved with the Chinese government.
The New York Times, in its investigation, reported: “In New Delhi, corporate filings show, Singham’s network financed a news site, NewsClick, that sprinkled its coverage with Chinese government talking points. ‘China’s history continues to inspire the working classes,’ one video said.”
The primary focus of NYT’s investigation is tech mogul Neville Roy Singham. Singham is an avid Marxist, who founded ThoughtWorks, a global technology consultancy, in the late 1980s and made a fortune working with some of the biggest corporations in the world.
Today, ThoughtWorks’ client list includes companies ranging from Australian airline Qantas and German pharma giant Bayer to news agency Thomson Reuters, retail giant Walmart and India’s Axis Bank. Singham sold the company to a private equity firm in 2017, for a reported sum of well over $785 million.
Modi govt slammed the ‘Umbilical cord’ that connects China and Congress
Union Minister Anurag Thakur said, ‘China, Congress and NewsClick, a news portal, are part of one umbilical cord’. He made these comments at a press conference, where he demanded Congress MP Rahul Gandhi “come clean” about his and his party’s connections with China.
Thakur, during his address, claimed NewsClick’s money trail reveals a “Bharat-virodhi agenda (anti-India agenda)”. He also alleged deep links between certain activists and journalists, and China.
“Hum Bharat ke tukde tukde nahi hone denge, chahe Congress unke sath khadi ho jaaye (We won’t let India be broken, Congress can stand with anti-India elements if it wants to),” he said, adding, “This is a war against misinformation, and this war should continue.”
BJP MP Nishikant Dubey also slammed Congress and accused it of hobnobbing with anti-nationals and China for “dividing” the country and creating anarchy.
“They want to divide India through Chinese forces and some media,” Dubey shouted as BJP MPs thumped their desks in support. “Between 2005 and 2014, whenever there was a crisis, the Congress had received money from China. In 2008, they had invited both Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi. In 2016, they were talking to the Chinese during the Doklam crisis,” the MP added. He also took the names of Congress leaders Digvijaya Singh and Randeep Surjewala. Dubey claimed that the NYT report explained how money was given to Maoists and senior journalists.
Modi Govt’s action against News Click was ferociously opposed by Congress
In July 2021, the Enforcement Directorate had raided NewsClick’s office and residences of its editors in connection with an alleged case of money laundering. In a statement, the news portal had said, “If the ED and the government are truthful and follow the course of law, no wrongdoing will be found and this unfortunate event will be closed. Newsclick has nothing to hide,” it said.
Later that year, in September, Income Tax surveys were conducted on the premises of two news portals, including NewsClick, with a senior department official telling The Indian Express that the surveys were related to alleged tax evasion. “Surveys have been carried out in the case of both Newslaundry and NewsClick. The department’s officials conducted surveys on their premises in Delhi on charges of tax evasion,” the official said.
Congress’s leaders Digvijay Singh, Abhishek Singhvi, and Randeep Singh Surjewala opposed the action against the News Click in 2021.
Even the Editors Guild of India, which keeps its eye shit on several issues against the journalists went ahead and shown its concern when Modi government took action against News Click.
Well, its an open game now. Congress, which has signed an MOU with the Chinese Communist Party has decided to supports its nefarious agenda openly. The New York Times expose has just shown how deepply Congress ecosystem, media is hand in glove with China, and want to dislodge Modi government by hook or crook.