The creation of the International Chinese Media Alliance was announced on the closing day of the Fifth International Chinese Media Forum on September 20 in Shanghai. Chinese language media around the globe have been challenged since the second half of 2008, which is a general trend that remains unchanged. Other than a few newspapers that were hit hard by the financial crisis, nearly all Chinese language media are still running. Internet based Chinese language websites actually had a 30% traffic increase.
China News Services took the initiative to call for the creation of the Alliance. The preparatory work started two years ago and received 116 agreement letters from various countries.
Source: Xinhua, September 20, 2009.