The Chinese authorities in charge of propaganda are applying stricter censorship over the media and have criticized several publishing houses as having "serious problems." Meeting minutes released by the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television discussed 20 guidelines for conforming to China’s propaganda policies.
China’s Armed Police Forces issued an order restricting its peronnel’s use of computer networks. The Order "Preventing Network Security Spillage and 10 Prohibitions" went in to effect July 7, 2007.
On July 17, 2007, a former Chinese diplomat disclosed that Chinese Communist regime kidnapped a New Zealand resident two years ago and brought her back to China via a state-owned ship that was waiting in New Zealand waters. "The kidnapped woman was very valuable to the Communist Party." Chen Yonglin, former First Secretary in Australia, made the disclosure amid recent accounts from former Chinese student leaders at universities in Australia, Europe and the United States revealing how China has used Chinese student organizations to infiltrate universities and communities in Western countries.
The Neiqiu County Federation of Trade Unions in Hebei Province assigned union heads to private companies. "It is good to send cadres to head unions in the private mining sector," an article of the Hebei Provincial Federation of Unions proclaimed.
China’s State Food and Drug Administration confirms that it is investigating the death of Political minister Whang Joung Il of the Korean Embassy in China. The Senior Korean Diplomat to China died in Beijing after eating a sandwich. The incident occurred amidst concern following many reports about unsafe ingredients in products from China.
On July 10, 2007, the Chinese authorities ordered the popular journal Minjian (Among the People), which is dedicated to social issues, to cease publication. Since July 4, it is the second journal to be banned. The first was the online publichation China Development Brief. According to June 4 Tiannet in a July 13, 2007 article, the goverment’s move is seen as part of the growing censorship before the Olympics.