U.S. Senator Ben Sasse, a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement after the State Department announced that it will designate four Chinese state-run media organizations as propaganda arms of the Chinese government.

“This is what the Chinese government does: they prop up ‘news’ organizations that push party propaganda and disinformation on their own people and abroad. We know America’s belief in a free press doesn’t get to exist in China, and Chairman Xi will keep using these state-run tools to spread more lies. These organizations only serve as alternative mouths for the Chinese Communist Party to peddle garbage. It’s good we recognized them as such.”