Web postings criticize formalized curbs on Chinese media cooperation with foreign newswires – David Bandurski

From China Media Project:

Mainstream Chinese media have not yet commented on regulations issued yesterday through Xinhua News Agency that formalize already strict limitations on cooperation between Chinese media and foreign newswires [NYT coverage], but critical blogs and web postings (with a trickle in support) are already multiplying. The following are postings (or gentie) that appeared this morning on Netease (163.com), where there were already more than 1,000 postings on the subject:

We’re moving further and further backward!!

Xinhua News Agency’s behavior first of all can not violate the principle of “freedom of expression” as stipulated in the constitution! Xinhua is not the government and is not the law!

What are they afraid people will say?? If everything’s open and aboveboard, what do we have to fear?? Where has our Party’s tradition gone???? [Full Text]

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