Liyang City Police Provisional Regulations on Managing News

Less than three weeks ago, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao announced that new rules on reporting activities by foreign correspondents on its territory, originally issued for the Olympics, would be made permanent. The rules allow foreign journalists to travel outside Beijing and conduct interviews without first applying to foreign affairs departments.
The new rules are certainly a positive gesture. But the following internal documents (translated by CDT’s Lucy Lin) from a local government Public Security Bureau shows us another side of the story. Chinese authorities at every level have refined their information management and propaganda work, setting up more systematic and sophisticated control mechanisms for domestic and foreign reporters alike, long before Liu Jianchao’s announcement. The document was available last week on the official website of the Liyang City government in Jiangsu Province, but has since been removed. Liyang is a County-level city of three million people on the border of Jiangsu and Anhui, part of the Shanghai Economic Development Zone.

A Notice Regarding the issuance of the “City Public Security Bureau Provisional Regulations on the Management of News and Propaganda Work”
Liyang City Public Security Bureau
Liyang City Public Security Bureau (2007) No. 87
A Notice Regarding the issuance of the “City Public Security Bureau Provisional Regulations on the Management of News and Propaganda Work”
To: All the Units in This Bureau:
The documents, “The City Public Security Bureau Provisional Regulations on the Management of News and Propaganda Work,” “Provisional Regulations Regarding On-the-Spot News Coverage Involving Sudden Incidents,” and “Procedural and Response Guidance for the Frontline Police Handling On-the-Spot Interviews on Breaking News” are hereby issued to everyone. Please carefully study, integrate, and implement these regulations.
October 22, 2007
Keywords: News propaganda, rules, notice
Copy: Municipal Department of Propaganda, The Political Affairs Department of Changzhou Municipal Department of

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