Press groups criticize China foreign news curbs – Benjamin Kang Lim

From the Reuters:

International rights groups denounced new Chinese curbs on the dissemination of foreign news as a step backward ahead of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, when thousands of journalists will descend on the country’s capital.

The official Xinhua news agency announced rules on Sunday requiring to seek its approval with immediate effect to distribute news, pictures and graphics within China.

Warning against dissemination of news that endangers national security, sabotages national unification or promotes cults, the rules empower Xinhua to censor reports distributed in China by foreign media and to delete forbidden content. [Full Text]

See related report: China’s foreign news curbs raise concern-U.S.

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