Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Remember, we're in charge

I guess they needed reminding because the Communist Party of China delivered a powerful message to "publishers" of news about who is in charge.

China seeks to eradicate 'vile effect' of independent journalism
Top Chinese internet portals had been forbidden from producing original reporting on politically sensitive topics in what experts say is the latest step in President Xi Jinping’s battle to bring Chinese journalism under control…

Such independent journalism had “seriously violated regulations and had a completely vile effect,” the watchdog’s Beijing operation said, according to Reuters.
Chinese president Xi Jinping meets staff at China Central Television (CCTV)
Citing a CAC official, the Global Times, a Beijing-controlled tabloid, said online portals were permitted to publish stories on “social and political issues” only if they had been sourced from government-controlled news agencies.

Law enforcement against such websites would be “enhanced”, the official warned…

Qiao Mu, a journalism professor from Beijing’s Foreign Languages University, said online portals had long been barred from publishing original news stories about politically sensitives subjects.

Previously, however, the enforcement of such regulations has been patchy…

Qiao said he also believed recent news events in China – including deadly flooding and an international tribunal’s rejection of Chinese claims in the South China Sea – meant Beijing was nervous about losing control of the media narrative.

“This has not been a quiet summer … authorities are worried that [such] reporting might have an effect on social stability,” he said…

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