The China Youth Daily (Zhōngguó Qīngnián Bào) is the official newspaper of the Communist Youth League of China. It has been published since 1951.

Media assets

Publishing: Zhōngguó Qīngnián Bào

State Media Matrix Typology: State-Controlled (SC)

Ownership and governance

China Youth Daily is run by the Communist Youth League of China, which is the youth wing of the Chinese Communist Party. The party makes all the decisions related to the management and staffing of China Youth Daily.

Source of funding and budget

China Youth Daily does not release detailed information about its finances. The newspaper generates funding through ads, but also receives a significant subsidy from the government, according to local experts and journalists and to financial information from the Youth League of China latest budget report for 2020.

Editorial independence

China Youth Daily is a propaganda tool whose goal is to promote the views of the Chinese government and the Communist Party among the younger audiences. Although it has more editorial freedom than other newspapers in China, the editorial line of China Youth Daily is strictly controlled by the party.

There is no statute and no independent assessment/oversight mechanism to validate the independence of China Youth Daily.

October 2023