September 26, 2005

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All the news that's fit to print (with Chinese characteristics)

Xinhua has announced new regulations for online news as part of China's ongoing clampdown on the net. Inevitably Mainland bloggers will be considered part of this regulation. Xinhua's report begins:

Online news sites that publish stories containing fabricated information, pornography, gambling or violence are facing severe punishments or even shutdown.
Skinhua should be careful. And there's a state-owned irony alert in effect.

Other reading

Richard reflects on Hu's promises of reform and transperency with the new reality.
Martyn notes this is the latest in tightening censorship in recent years.
Fons says this may be non-news being distorted.
Howard French: with economic reforms come greater press restrictions.
Dan Drezner asks spammers to help the CCP.
Jack Risko says China is a house divided against itself and makes a comparison with 1858 America.

posted by Simon on 09.26.05 at 02:12 PM in the China internet category.


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Excerpt: Zhong Guo Middle Kingdom Someone asked me to comment on an argument that Yahoo! Should not have been raked over hot coals due to the fact, abetting in placing journalist Shi Tao in jail for a decade in a Chinese
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Thanks Simon. Yes, this is Richard's forte rather than my own but what the Chinese govt seem to be doing is just like it says on the tin: they want to "standardise" the flow of news and information and make the news reflect what the big guns of the Chinese official state madia are saying.

They're trying cut down on the number of voices within China's media and ensure that the news channles are speaking with one (party-approved) voice.

The number of media channels has exploded in China this last decade or so and so has the number of non-official voices in that media.

Also, the newspapers here, for example, are predominantly no longer state-owned, they are on their own and always looking to increase sales. These rules try to reign them in so that, at least the op-eds reflect the party line.

posted by: Martyn on 09.26.05 at 03:41 PM [permalink]

Linklets are late today. I expect that's because they'll be even better than normal!?

posted by: Martyn on 09.26.05 at 03:47 PM [permalink]

You'll have to judge the quality, but it's more that it's been a busy day at work and Monday is always a tough day for linklets as I've got a whole weekend to cover.

posted by: Simon on 09.26.05 at 04:02 PM [permalink]

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