For­eign me­dia must ob­tain li­cense un­der new rule

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

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’’.


Chi­nese mid­dle-aged women may be in­spir­ing a global fash­ion fad with the “facekini”, a pop­u­lar item they wear on the beach to pro­tect their faces from the sun. The facekini was pop­u­lar in France in the 1930s, when French women wor­shiped pale skin. Chi­nese In­ter­net users have been mak­ing plenty of jokes about the facekini fad.

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