Yes, there have been reports that China is trying to control the Pakistani media by giving money to journalists and influencers. In a 2022 report, the US Justice Department warned that China is using a variety of tactics to influence the global media landscape, including "covert funding, censorship, and threats against journalists."
The report specifically mentioned Pakistan as one of the countries where China is actively trying to influence the media. The report cited reports that China has been providing financial assistance to Pakistani media outlets and journalists, and that it has also been pressuring Pakistani media outlets to censor critical coverage of China.
In addition, there have been reports that China has been using social media to influence public opinion in Pakistan. For example, in 2020, a report by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute found that China was using a network of fake social media accounts to spread pro-China propaganda and disinformation in Pakistan.
It is important to note that these are just reports, and it is difficult to say definitively how widespread or effective China's efforts to influence the Pakistani media are. However, the fact that there is evidence to suggest that China is trying to influence the Pakistani media is a concerning development.
A free and independent media is essential for a healthy democracy, and any attempt to control the media is a threat to freedom of speech and expression. It is important for the Pakistani people to be aware of China's efforts to influence the media and to be critical of all information that they consume.