From the Epoch Times and Radio Free Asia:
Recently, China’s General Administration of Press and Publication announced a nationwide audit on 10,000 periodicals to help standardize periodical publication forms. However, media workers in mainland China believe this is an attempt to further control publication content.
According to media workers, the administration recently issued a policy that requires a unique registration number for each periodical. In addition to this, a regulation titled Standardization of Periodical Publication Form outlines strict requirements for publisher information, name of the periodical, and a chronological issue number for the periodical. The administration will begin the nationwide audit in July. [Full Text]
See also the People’s Daily article on the market value of Chinese periodicals.