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China’s media pendulum swings again – James F. Paradise

On AsiaMedia, James F. Paradise reviews the latest volume of China’s Media & Entertainment Law: One way the Chinese government has attempted to control the media and entertainment industries has been through media and entertainment law. The laws — and all the other rules and regulations by which the media environment is shaped — state […]

China tries to rein in reports on disasters – Josh Chin

From the Christian Science Monitor: Draconian management of information is a time-honored tradition in China, where the pen has always garnered roughly the same respect as the sword. But China’s leaders have rarely been so open about major media controls – and have never publicly considered writing them into its legal code. “This is definitely […]

The Beijing News defends Chinese media coverage of the “Zhou Mi Affair” – China Media Project

From China Media Project: In a statement yesterday former badminton champion Zhou Mi turned her fire on Chinese and foreign media, responding to speculation she planned to relinquish her Chinese nationality and play for Malaysia’s national team. Zhou said the situation, which has been dubbed the “Zhou Mi Affair” (Âë®Ëúú‰∫㉪∂), spun out of control because […]

Chinese media continue to draw lessons from court ruling against Huaxia Times in “Aids orphan” case – David Bandurski

From China Media Project: In a decision underscoring greater awareness of personal privacy and right of reputation protections in China, a court in Beijing’s Chaoyang District found against Huaxia Times newspaper last month. Without the consent of “Aids orphan” Xiao Li (name changed), the newspaper published a story in December last year about the death […]

China court punishes paper for AIDS report – Reuters

From Reuters, via the Scotsman: A Chinese court on Monday ordered compensation and an apology for a girl orphaned by AIDS after a newspaper reported her story without permission, stirring a dispute over the boundary between media rights and privacy. Beijing’s Chaoyang District Court ordered the local Chinese-language China Times to pay the 19-year-old girl […]

Proposed China law may hit foreign media – Joseph Kahn (Updated)

From the International Herald Tribune: A Chinese draft law that threatens to fine news media for reporting on “sudden incidents” without permission applies to foreign as well as domestic news organizations, an official involved in preparing the legislation said Monday. The law, now under consideration by the legislature, calls for fines of up to $12,500 […]

Manage emergency through “managing” information? – Xiangfeng Yang

From Chinaelections.org: On June 26, the official Xinhua News Agency reported that the draft law on emergency management stipulates that a fine between 50,000 rmb to 100,000 rmb may be imposed on media that breaches government regulations in reporting emergences. On June 29, Kan Ke, a spokesperson of the NPC, told the media the aforementioned […]

Emergency Response Law: Caijing Magazine Kicks Ass – Non-violent Resistance

From Non-violent Resistance: Three days after the official Xinhua News Agency reported on the Emergency Response Law, Beijing-based Caijing Magazine prints a analysis on its Web site questioning the sanity of that clause and revealing one big secret: someone had “slipped” that clause into the bill at the last moment, and some of the law’s […]

Chinese media continue their attack on the media clause of the draft emergency management law – David Bandurski

From China Media Project: As Chinese leaders continue to debate the draft emergency management law, media in south China, which have traditionally earned a reputation for relative outspokenness, are leading the push against the media-related clause. Here is an editorial appearing in yesterday’s New Express, a commercial newspaper in Guangzhou published by Yangcheng Evening News. […]

China reaffirms control over flow of news – Reuters

From Reuters via Scotsman: China is considering fines for media outlets which report emergencies without authorisation, a Chinese newspaper reported on Monday, reaffirming the Communist Party‘s control over the flow of news. The draft law would also fine news outlets that “illegally” report the handling of emergencies, the Beijing News said. Government agencies already tightly […]

Making Sense of China’s New Media Environment (Asia Media)

Two new reference books about the Chinese media are now available: 2003-2004 China Media Yearbook & Directory, published by consultant and market research company CMM Intelligence Ltd. and China’s Media and Entertainment Law (Volume 1), produced by TransAsia Lawyers . Read a review here.

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