Friday, July 23, 2010

PRC’s new rules could limit Chinese reports on Taiwan

New regulations by China’s Propaganda Department on provincial and metropolitan news media could have serious implications for investigative reporting and press freedom in the country, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said on Wednesday — and could undermine the ability of Chinese media to obtain information about Taiwan.

The latest restrictions reportedly include a ban on exchanges of newspaper articles with media in other provinces, and a prohibition on media in metropolitan areas carrying their own reporting on national or international stories, or modifying the coverage of stories on such topics provided by state-owned media.

It remains to be seen if the regulations would apply to Chinese media operating in Taiwan.

At present, five regional Chinese media outlets operate in Taiwan. Reporters from Fujian SETV, the Fujian Daily, Xiamen TV, Hunan Television, the Shenzhen Special Zone Daily and the Shenzhen Economic Daily are posted here.

Five state-owned outlets — Xinhua news agency, the People’s Daily, China Network Television, China National Radio and China News Service — also have reporters filing from Taiwan.

If the regulations are applied to Chinese media operating in Taiwan, the regional media outlets based here could be barred from providing their reporting to media in Chinese provinces, or media in metropolitan areas could be prohibited from using reporting about Taiwan from sources other than state-owned media, such as Xinhua.

The new regulations also include a call to cease all negative reporting about the police and judicial authorities.

Hong Kong’s Ming Pao newspaper said the new regulations were implemented on July 1.

This story, published today in the Taipei Times, continues here.

1 comment:

Tim Maddog said...

Any calls for police and judicial authorities to "cease all negative [behavior]"?

Tim Maddog