From xinhua via People’s Daily Online:
Chinese authorities issued a set of less stringent news regulations this month to make the task of overseas journalists easier in the run-up to and during the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
The regulations issued Saturday morning covered overseas journalists from Hong Kong and Macao. Similar regulations for other overseas journalists including foreign and Taiwan journalists were issued on Oct. 1 and Oct. 27 respectively.
Under the new regulations, overseas journalists who are not resident on the Chinese mainland no longer need to be accompanied or assisted by a Chinese official or a Chinese host institution when they report in China.[Full Text]