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The owner of The Paper, a Chinese news outlet overseen by the Communist Party, is launching an English-language site

New York Times

The Paper is a new media success story in China, and now it’s trying to find that same success abroad: The owners of The Paper will launch an English-language website called Sixth Tone today. But what sets The Paper apart from other new media success stories is that it’s overseen by China’s Communist Party at a time when the Chinese government is trying to increasingly control what people read and watch. But despite that control, the Chinese government is encouraging Chinese news outlets to go abroad, with president Xi Jinping directing news organizations to “tell the China story well.”

+ Four months after Chinese Internet giant Alibaba purchased the paper, theSouth China Morning Post is removing its paywall, with Alibaba founder and chairman Jack Ma saying, “Our focus now should not be on finding the right media business model. Our priority should be on how we should change to better adapt to the reading habits of our readers” (Tech in Asia)

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