China Tightens Press Controls, in Particular on Weibo04-16 17:49 Caijing
China's press and publication administration bureau has prohibited Chinese media outlets from making "arbitrary use of" foreign news releases without authorization, while strengthening rules to regulate online information dissemination via micro blogging services.
The move was part of the government's broader effort to tighten control on the press, especially at the time when the rise of Weibo generation has made it harder for authorities to censor information.
According to the new rules issued by the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television, media outlets should strengthen supervision over its editorial process to prevent inaccurate reports.
"Without authorization, no kind of media outlets shall arbitrarily use media release from overseas media agencies and media websites."
The government minder also unveiled tighter controls on information release via microblogging services such as Weibo. To start an official weibo account, news agencies should first "report to authorities for record....and delete harmful information as requested in time."
Under the new regulation, journalists are not allowed to disclosure information that gas acquired via their positions.
Chinese Weibo users, which have amounted over 500 million, were required to register with real names in late December, among other controls announced by the then government minder, including the legalization of the deletion of posts or pages which are deemed to contain illegal information.
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