China’s New Media Supervision Regulation
Recently, China’s media regulator announced
that it will strengthen the supervision on media.
It said that media work units aren’t allowed to quote
foreign media coverage without authorization.
If an editor wants to open a microblog for work,
he will need to have an official approval.
Netizens responded quickly,’Xi-Li’s ‘honey moon’is over,’
‘the microblogging’ anti-corruption door is closing,’ etc.
Experts think this indicates that struggle within
the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is intensifying.
Some remarked that CCP’s censorship
had actually never eased up.
China’s General Administration of Press, Publication,
Radio, Film and Television had issued a new regulation.
It is called, “Notice regarding supervision
of news editors’ reporting on foreign media coverage."
The Notice says, “The media work units
can’t use unauthorized foreign news products;
the censorship on news websites and supervision
of editors’website news reports must be strengthened;
interviewing or publishing reports
without media accreditation is not allowed."
In addition, media’s official microblogs and news editors
personal blogs should be verified by their company.
Gu Yuanliang, editor-in-chief of a website,
said the Notice isn’t a good sign.
It attempts to control press content further. Gu believes
this move would be difficult to realize at the current situation.
Gu Yuanliang: “We live in a social network’era. The public
has the right to know the truth, and the media to report it.
This is a two-way approach,
a form of interaction.
No one can block news reporting,
or freedom of information in the Mainland.
The only way to stop these is to cut off the Internet;
but I think people will be greatly against it.
The public will be furious
if they lose their right to information."
Radio France Internationale (RFI) reported that not long ago,
Ren Xianliang, a propaganda official, published an article in the Red Flag magazine.
He urged for a stricter control of the Internet media,
and that the Party should control the media and military.
His words triggered public’s controversy.
The Notice actually puts Ren’s suggestion into effect,
particularly in regards to the microblogs’control.
Netizens said, this indicates that the new Xi-Li’ ‘honey-moon’
is over, and that the freedom of expression will be tightened.
Gu Yuanliang believes, this move may reflect that power
struggling among CCP’s top-level is intensifying.
Gu Yuanliang: “I think issuing this Notice reflects
the situation of struggling within the CCP system.
In the history, the CCP system had always two opposing
opinions on publications: for openness and for tight control.
Now they issued such a Notice, maybe meaning
the faction that insists on control had won."
Guang Yuan, a former People’s Daily reporter,
believes this is Chinese regime’s common practice.
Actually, since 1949, the CCP has never eased
on its news censorship.
Guang Yuan: “There are two aspects: firstly, the CCP can’t
control foreign media even if they want to, as netizens can read a lot of information via the Internet.
Secondly, the CCP wants to control state-owned newspapers
and websites, their media must obey CCP and do what it tells.
Generally, the CCP wants the public to listen
to the government and not the foreign coverage."
Prior to this, on April 14, People’s Daily
published an article in a full page.
It said,"Journalists should be builders
in achieving China’s Dream."
It was considered a propaganda effort
to prepare a new censorship move.
The article also blames that media
has become too market-oriented.
It said, “Positive issues and achievements
are reported casually and with a few words;
whereas the negative and gossip’news
everyone is rushing to cover."
RFI said, the so-called “short-term" exposing corruption
and market-oriented online news are facing attacks.
For news editors, their online posts, particularly
on microblogs, are the top priority for control.