China denies trying to ban unapproved critical media coverage
Published on Jun 19, 2014 9:23 PM
BEIJING (Reuters) - China is not trying to ban reporters from publishing critical reports without prior approval, an official told state media on Thursday, insisting an order had been misinterpreted and its real goal was to stop journalists abusing their jobs.
The State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television issued rules on Wednesday saying reporters could only publish critical stories if their employer had signed off on it, sparking accusations of censorship.
The rules come as the government intensifies a crackdown on freedom of expression, both online and in traditional media.
But Mr Jiang Jianguo, deputy head of the administration, told the official Xinhua news agency that the government was dedicated to protecting reporters' rights.
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