China: Govt. orders country's internet companies to stop publishing independent reports on sensitive topics

"…On July 24th the Beijing municipal branch of the Cyberspace Administration of China ordered some of China’s biggest internet companies, including Sina, Sohu and Netease…to stop publishing independent reports on politically sensitive topics. Official media said some news portals would be fined. Such restrictions have been in place at least since 2005. But internet companies have often ignored them (albeit cautiously)…"

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29 July 2016

Stop the virtual presses: officials try to fill a crack in the edifice of censorship

Author: The Economist

…On July 24th the Beijing municipal branch of the Cyberspace Administration of China ordered some of China’s biggest internet companies, including Sina, Sohu and Netease (which are listed on NASDAQ), to stop publishing independent reports on politically sensitive topics. Official media said some news portals would be fined. Such restrictions have been in place at least since 2005. But internet companies have often ignored them (albeit cautiously), hoping to attract more readers among the country’s 700m netizens.

Censors may also be worried that online media might contradict official reports on recent floods. They have clamped down hard on users of social media who have done so. In the northern city of Xingtai, three people have been punished for spreading “rumours” online about flash floods there that caused at least 34 deaths…

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Author: 马思潭(FT中文网)

…北京市网信办关停了新浪、搜狐(Sohu)和网易(NetEase)等门户网站的部分新闻栏目,理由是它们违反了禁止登载自行采编的新闻信息的规定…[7月25日],这些新闻栏目仍处在关停中…虽然自2005年该规定发布以来雇佣记者或发布自行采编信息一直都是违规行为,但该规定很少被执行。

北京网信办一名发言人证实了官方媒体的报道,这些报道称,从事原创新闻报道严重违反了规定,“影响十分恶劣”。这些报道还称,上述公司已被责令对涉嫌违法违规的栏目予以限期“整改”。

据媒体行业分析人士称,此次关停的导火索是有关中国北方洪灾的报道…“近年来,网络媒体的处境大为恶化,”北京的一位新闻学教授乔木称…“政府不希望这些平台提供自行采编的新闻,”…“只允许它们转发新华社和《人民日报》等官方媒体的报道。”…

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Author: 馬思潭(FT中文網)

…北京市網信辦關停了新浪、搜狐(Sohu)和網易(NetEase)等門戶網站的部分新聞欄目,理由是它們違反了禁止登載自行採編的新聞信息的規定…[7月25日],這些新聞欄目仍處在關停中…雖然自2005年該規定發布以來僱傭記者或發布自行採編信息一直都是違規行為,但該規定很少被執行。

北京網信辦一名發言人證實了官方媒體的報導,這些報導稱,從事原創新聞報導嚴重違反了規定,“影響十分惡劣”。這些報導還稱,上述公司已被責令對涉嫌違法違規的欄目予以限期“整改”。

據媒體行業分析人士稱,此次關停的導火索是有關中國北方洪災的報導…“近年來,網絡媒體的處境大為惡化,”北京的一位新聞學教授喬木稱…“政府不希望這些平台提供自行採編的新聞,”…“只允許它們轉發新華社和《人民日報》等官方媒體的報導。”…

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