posted on Sep, 10 2006 @ 08:34 PM
China has launched tighter restrictions on all foreign news sources by requiring them to be routed through Xinhua a government news service.
SHANGHAI, China — China on Sunday announced new controls over the distribution of news by foreign news agencies, further restricting foreign access
to the already tightly regulated Chinese media market.
The new measures took effect immediately upon being issued by the government's Xinhua News Agency. The regulations give Xinhua broad authority over
foreign news agencies, requiring them to distribute news, photos and other services solely through Xinhua or entities authorized by Xinhua.
The rules would affect The Associated Press, Reuters and other foreign news agencies seeking wider access to the rapidly expanding Chinese market.
Under a decade-old set of regulations, foreign news agencies were allowed limited distribution of financial data and other information — deals that
the new rules also appear to rule out.
The tighter restrictions and the greater powers given to Xinhua underscore how the Communist Party's political agenda and Xinhua's business
interests are coinciding. President Hu Jintao's leadership has sought to rein in a state-controlled media that has strayed from party dictates in
search of profits and market share. Journalists and editors have been fired and arrested.
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Xinhua which has been trying to transform itself from an agent of government propaganda to a worldwide competitor has just taken a step backward in
Under the rules, news that disrupts Chinas economic and social order or undermines China's social stability, as will news that undermines the
country's "national unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity," Will not be allowed or will be edited, Xinhua said.
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