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China shut down the social media accounts of an influential property developer after he criticized China’s recent campaign to control state-run media

Ren Zhiqiang, an influential retired property developer in China, had his social media accounts shut down by the Chinese government after he criticized the Chinese president’s plan to tighten control over state-run media. Zhiqiang had more than 37 million followers on popular Chinese social network Weibo. Chinese president Xi Jinping has exerted control over state-run […]

China’s new regulations requiring foreign media to receive approval before publishing online adds another hurdle for publishers

China’s new restrictions on foreign media go into effect in March, but Committee to Protect Journalists’ Bob Dietz says it’s not yet clear what the new restrictions will mean for publishers. News organizations like The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal do not actually publish in China, and their servers are located outside […]

China will require foreign-owned publishers to receive approval before publishing online

Under new regulations announced this week, foreign companies and foreign-Chinese partnerships will have to seek approval from China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television before publishing online, essentially banning foreign publishers from publishing online in China. While Chinese law has required Internet service providers to have an operating license that can only […]

Australia is considering protections for local news content in its upcoming media law reform

Communications minister Mitch Fifield is expected to include protections for local content in a series of reforms in media law in Australia. The reforms are expected to abolish the “reach rule,” which restricts any entity to a broadcast audience that does not exceed 75 percent of the Australian population, and the “two-out-of-three rule,” which prohibits […]

Margaret Sullivan: NYT has little control over censorship by local distributors because it doesn’t get a chance to contest those decisions

After an article on the killings of secular bloggers in Bangladesh was removed from the international edition of The New York Times in Pakistan, public editor Margaret Sullivan examines how that kind of censorship can happen. NYT was not given a chance to contest the article’s removal, and International New York Times president Stephen Dunbar-Johnson […]

New York Times printers in Pakistan remove article on ‘brutal killings of secular bloggers’

The front page and page two of The New York Times’ international edition in Pakistan were blank on Sunday after printers there removed an article. The article, headlined “The imperilled bloggers of Bangladesh,” covered the attacks and murders of a group of Bengali bloggers who support gender equality and human rights. The New York Times’ […]

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