Foreign media must obtain license under new rule
Foreign media organizations must obtain a license, as required of their Chinese counterparts, to publish news on instant messaging tools in China, an official said.
The rule was issued by the State Internet Information Office and took effect on Aug 7.
“The rule covers all public accounts, no matter where they are from,” said Xu Feng, head of the office’s mobile Internet department. “After all, foreign media should abide by Chinese laws and regulations.”
Liu Ruisheng, an associate researcher specializing in journalism at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said rumors and messages that confuse the public are appearing in cyberspace, “so it’s time to clean it up and provide clear steps for public accounts to publish news’’.
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