China sends mixed message as it releases text of new government transparency legislation – David Bandurski

The China Media Project has translated much of the text of the new Ordinance on Openness of Government Information. From CMP’s introductory paragraph:

As top government leaders released the much-anticipated text today of national legislation offering Chinese citizens better access to information and promising a new era of government transparency, the country’s most elite coterie of party leaders sent a very different message: control of speech on the Internet must be strengthened. Confirmation came, meanwhile, that Liu Binjie, a close protege of President Hu Jintao, has taken the place of Long Xinmin as head of China’s General Administration of Press and Publications, a move that should solidify the top leader’s grip on news media ahead of the 17th Party Congress this fall. [Full text]

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