China forces online news sites to hire government-approved staff

The Chinese government has announced new rules that place tighter restrictions on online news outlets. Reuters reports that the regulations, announced on Tuesday, require all blogs, websites, apps, and other news platforms to hire editorial staff that have been approved by national or local government authorities. All staff must also receive training and accreditation from the central government. According to The Wall Street Journal, the rules appear to only apply to domestic online news outlets.
The rules, which will go into effect on June 1st, extend longstanding restrictions on traditional media outlets to news sites. Chinese censors have exerted tight control over the media and internet, and President Xi Jinping has sought to consolidate the government’s control in recent years. Several Chinese online news services were shut down last year for publishing independently-reported news, rather than government statements. [Read more here...]


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