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Party Official Promises to Protect the Rights of Foreign Media in China

Liu Yunshan, a Communist Politburo member and head of the Publicity Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party met with members of the Presidium of the World Media Summit held in Beijing. According to People’s Daily, he said, “The Chinese government places a high priority on media development and proactively supports in-depth exchanges and cooperation between Chinese media and foreign media in terms of news products, human resources, information technology and business development. At the same time, China will continue to protect the legitimate rights and interests of foreign news agencies and correspondents, and to facilitate foreign media in conducting interviews and reporting in China.”

[Ed: Media from mainland China have received 650 I-visas (international journalism) from the U.S., whereas the U.S. has received only 2 from China, leading to proposed U.S. legislation. On September 13, 2011, Representatives Dana Rohrabacher (R–CA), Randy Forbes (R–VA), and Ted Poe (R–TX) introduced H.R. 2899, the Chinese Media Reciprocity Act of 2011, as an amendment to the Immigration and Nationality Act.]

Source: People’s Daily, September 29, 2011
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