China Forces Restriction On Online News Sites
The Chinese government is implementing stricter rules which will place a tighter restriction on online news sites. Reports from Reuters suggest regulations were announced on Tuesday, which needs all blogs, websites, apps, and other news platforms to hire editorial staff authorised by national or local government authorities. This authorised staff will undergo training and be certified by the central government. Though reports from The Wall Street Journal suggest the rules apply only to local online news outlets.
Traditionally China has been known to exert tight control over the media and the internet and President Xi Jinping has chosen to consolidate the government’s control in recent years. The rules will be brought into action from June 1st as an extension to the restrictions on traditional media and outlets to news sites.
Last a year many Chinese online news services shut down for publishing independently reported news irrespective of government’s statements. The regulations from the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) will put restrictions on the kind of content that news sites can publish.
According to the Journal, the regulations call on news sites to “promote the formation of a positive, healthy, upright and virtuous internet culture, and protect the national and public interest,”
The restrictions include a condition where the editors-in-chief of online news sites must be Chinese citizens, and any joint ventures with foreign entities will be subject to a security review.
Speaking to the Associated Press Qiao Mu, a professor at Beijing Foreign Studies University, said – “This is aimed at the companies rather than the individual users. It’s not only to ideologically control information, but also to control the source of the information.”