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China bans unapproved 'critical reporting': Xinhua

Published on Jun 18, 2014 7:43 PM
 

BEIJING (AFP) - China has banned its journalists from undertaking "critical reporting" without prior approval, state media said on Wednesday, a further clampdown in a country whose media restrictions already rank among the world's harshest.

Chinese journalists "are prohibited from engaging in critical reporting unless they have received the approval of their work unit", the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television announced Wednesday, according to the official Xinhua news agency.

Journalists are barred from "cross-industry" reporting, Xinhua said, without explaining the term but adding that the move was mainly aimed at curbing extortion, paid news and false news reports.

Those suspected of such activities could be held criminally liable as well as face the withdrawal of their press cards and expulsion from the ruling Communist Party if applicable, Xinhua added.

 
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