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The Epoch Times
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Front page of The Epoch Times, October 6, 2023
TypeInternational newspaper
FormatBroadsheet
Owner(s)Epoch Media Group
Founder(s)John Tang
PublisherEpoch Media Group
FoundedMay 20, 2000; 23 years ago (2000-05-20)
Political alignmentleans center-right
LanguageMultiple, mainly Chinese and English
Headquarters229 W. 28th St.
New York, NY 10001
U.S.
Websitetheepochtimes.com
Main Page
Traditional Chinese大紀元時報
Simplified Chinese大纪元时报

The Epoch Times is an independent global news and information source that was founded in the year 2000 by John Tang.[1] It covers a wide range of topics, including politics, world events, culture, and society. The publication is known for its strong stance against the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its coverage of topics related to China, human rights, and religious freedom. On July 13, 2023 Ralph Norman (R-SC) recognized The Epoch Times for the Congressional Record, including in his speech an introduction to its founder John Tang, stating: "He never imagined that 20 years later he would be heading the fourth largest American newspaper by subscription count".[2]

The Epoch Times has both a print and online presence, a growing online readership, and a substantial social media following. It operates in multiple languages, and provides a counter-narrative to mainstream media bias which has attracted negative attention from the Chinese Communist Party, U.S. government agencies, big tech companies, and mainstream media.[3][4] The Epoch Times is considered by some to have a conservative or right leaning perspective.[5] The outlet has garnered a significant following for its reporting, particularly their coverage of human rights abuses, the harvesting of human organs, and the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners.[6] In an interview with NBC News, presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. referred to The Epoch Times as a daily read; one that was among his most trusted news sources. Quoting Kennedy: “They have a real bias against China, but on other reporting, they’re very courageous and it’s real journalism.”[7]

There have been attempts to affiliate The Epoch Times with the Falun Gong religious practices; however, it is important to distinguish between the religious practice of Falun Gong and The Epoch Times as a news organization, even though there may be some overlap in personnel or shared perspectives on certain issues. According to AP reporter Nahal Toosi, it is deemed "technically inaccurate" to make the assertion that The Epoch Times is owned by Falun Gong. Many in mainstream media have said that "Falun Gong uses the newspaper as part of a public relations campaign ... read more

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The Epoch Times
Epochtimescover.png
Front page of The Epoch Times New York edition for March 18, 2016
TypeInternational newspaper
FormatBroadsheet
Owner(s)Epoch Media Group
Founder(s)John Tang
PublisherEpoch Media Group
FoundedMay 20, 2000; 23 years ago (2000-05-20)
Political alignmentFar-right[8]
LanguageMultiple, mainly Chinese and English
Headquarters229 W. 28th St.
New York, NY 10001
U.S.
Websitetheepochtimes.com
Main Page
Traditional Chinese大紀元時報
Simplified Chinese大纪元时报

The Epoch Times is a far-right[8] international multi-language newspaper and media company affiliated with the Falun Gong new religious movement.[35] The newspaper, based in New York City, is part of the Epoch Media Group, which also operates New Tang Dynasty (NTD) Television.[36] The Epoch Times has websites in 35 countries but is blocked in mainland China.[37]

The Epoch Times opposes the Chinese Communist Party,[38][39][28] platforms far-right politicians in Europe,[14][16][28] and has supported former President Donald Trump in the U.S.;[40][41] a 2019 report by NBC News showed it to be the second-largest funder of pro-Trump Facebook advertising after the Trump campaign itself.[36][42][28] The Epoch Times frequently runs stories promoting other Falun Gong-affiliated groups, such as the performing arts company Shen Yun.[40][30][43] The Epoch Media Group's news sites and YouTube channels have promoted conspiracy theories such as QAnon, anti-vaccine misinformation[47] and false claims of fraud in the 2020 United States presidential election.[50]

History and relation to Falun Gong

The Epoch Times was founded in 2000 by John Tang and other Chinese Americans affiliated with the Falun Gong new religious movement.[28][51] Tang was a graduate student in Georgia at the time; he began the newspaper in his basement.[40] The founders said they were responding to censorship inside China and a lack of international understanding about the Chinese government's repression of Falun Gong.[52][53]

By 2003, The Epoch Times website and group of newspapers had grown into one of the largest Chinese-language news sites and newspaper groups outside China, with local editions in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Indonesia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and major Western European countries.[54] The first English edition launched online in September 2003, followed by the first print edition in 2004.[55] The English Australian edition was launched in Sydney in 2005.[36]



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