China Clamps Down on Web News Discussion

The Los Angeles Times reported today that authorities in China have issued new regulations limiting discussions and postings on online news forums:

“The new rules ban independent reporting that hasn’t been approved by the government, discussion of sensitive issues such as economic failures, and Web postings that challenge the Communist Party…Although the government has gone after individual columns and news discussion sites in the past, insiders say this is the first time it has adopted such a systematic approach to the genre.”

The full report is here.

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