People’s Daily recently reported that the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT) released an official announcement about the investigation of eight cases involving unlawful press activities. The announcement also required all news organizations to stop individual reporters and “reporting stations” from reporting on events that cross multiple industries or regions. They are also not allowed to report or to prepare a plan to report on any negative topics without receiving permission. At the same time, they cannot establish websites or publish special editions of the newspaper that cover negative topics unless they obtain approval first. The Administration required the news organizations to conduct a self-audit immediately to assure their compliance and to control their hiring processes strictly so as to ensure future compliance. The main substance of the eight cases in the announcement involved reporters accepting bribes for the removal of negative reports.
Source: People’s Daily, June 18, 2014