Tuesday, June 27, 2006

China and media censorship

In an age of laptop computers, cellular phones, handheld video cameras and digital photography, I don't know how the Chinese government expects to keep this up:

China May Fine News Media to Limit Coverage
BEIJING, June 26 — Chinese media outlets will be fined if they report on "sudden events" without prior authorization from government officials, under a draft law being considered by the Communist Party-controlled legislature.

The law would give government officials a powerful new tool to restrict coverage of mass outbreaks of disease, riots, strikes, accidents and other events that the authorities prefer to keep secret.

What they probably have in mind are stories like this:

China Covers Up Violent Suppression of Village Protest

Or this:

Dynamite blast kills 10 in China village

Or this:

China's Brutal Crackdown on Dissidents


Blogger ChinaLawBlog said...

China's media clampdown law is still in the proposal stage and the way things work in China, the longer it stays in that stage, and the more it is talked about, the less likely it is to be enacted. The silver lining in all of this is that this proposed law is increasing Chinese importance of press freedom. If this law ends up not being enacted (and I think that is a real possibility) its proposal and subsequent failure will end up being a good thing for freedom of the press in China.

10:20 AM  
Blogger Ray said...

Let's hope so.

10:38 AM  

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