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Xinhua: China Forbids Newspaper Websites, or Reporters’ Websites unless Approved

According to Xinhua, the General Administration of Press and Publications (GAPP), the Chinese government’s administrative agency that has the legal authority to screen, censor, and ban any print, electronic, or Internet publication in China, issued a notice October 28, 2010. The notice stated that, unless approved, no reporters or staff members of a newspaper or periodical are allowed to have their websites either in the name of the newspaper or periodical or in the name of the reporters of the newspaper or periodical.

GAPP has recently punished seven media organizations in China. Its actions included closing news stations and firing journalists.

Source: Xinhua, October 28, 2010