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“World Leader”: Beijing Released a Documentary “The Lockdown: One Month in Wuhan”

China Global Television Network (CGTN), a television outlet that the United States defined as a foreign mission for promoting the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP’s) propaganda, recently released a documentary in English “The Lockdown: One Month in Wuhan.”

According to CCTV, this 33-minutes-long documentary covered the development of the novel coronavirus’ from its rapid outbreak in Wuhan through its gradually being brought under control. It fully covered each major measure the Chinese government took under the CCP General Secretary Xi Jinping’s direct leadership; recorded the great sacrifices of the medical staff members; and it depicted the determination of Wuhan’s citizens, including community workers, volunteers, and the delivery staff, to fight the epidemic.

On February 28, CGTN broadcasted it on the CGTN’s English channel and posted it on CGTN’s website, mobile apps, and social media accounts on YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook. By March 4, the documentary had a viewership of 16.89 million, with 1.46 million views from YouTube and 1.16 million from Facebook. 165 TV channels and new media platforms in 21 foreign countries and regions utilized the video.

The CCTV article stated, “As an English documentary with story and depth, ‘The Lockdown: One Month in Wuhan’ used the format that Westerners are accustomed to, to describe a touching epidemic-fighting story of the medical staff and of normal Wuhan citizens.”

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Excerpt in Chinese:



该纪录片于2月28日在CGTN英语频道播出,同时在CGTN官网、App, CGTN各海外社交平台账号(YouTube、Twitter、Facebook)全网推送。截至3月4日,《武汉战疫纪》已获得视频观看量1689万,互动量45.8万。纪录片在CGTN海外社交平台上观看量已超过260万,其中CGTN YouTube 账号上视频观看量达146万,脸书账号上视频观看量达115万。 在Twitter平台获得中华人民共和国常驻联合国代表团、中国驻英国大使馆,以及中国驻德国大使馆等官方账号转发。

该片一经播发,便引起海外媒体高度关注,相继被美国广播公司(ABC)、英国Channel4电视台、法国TV5 MONDE电视台、意大利TGCOM24电视台、加拿大广播公司、日本朝日电视台等21个国家和地区的165家境外电视频道和新媒体平台采用,反响热烈。


Source: CCTV, March 4, 2020