Government Discusses Information Strategy

Wang Chen, director of the State Council Information Office, told reporters in Beijing that the government plans to be more open this year while also retaining strict control over the Internet. From AP:

Officials will expand the use of government spokespeople, boost the overseas reach of state media, and further promote the use of microblogs to interact with the public, Wang Chen told reporters.

“In this new year, we will adopt an even more open attitude and even more forceful policies,” Wang said.

[…] Wang said news and information about government’s day-to-day activities as well as emergency responses would be expanded and systematized. Spokesmen would receive intensified training with an emphasis on obtaining first-hand information rather than simply passing on information from other departments, he said.

[…] Wang said the government would compel those opening new microblog accounts in Beijing and other major cities to use their real names and other information. The requirement would later be expanded to cover those with existing accounts, he said… “Our only purpose is to ensure the rapid, healthy expansion of the Chinese Internet,” he said.


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