Chinese authorities prepare strict regulations for local journalists as they plan to ban media companies from quoting foreign media sources and informations gathered from Weibo – China’s famous microblogging website – in order to “form a healthy reporting structure”.
The General Administration of Press and Publication (GAPP) and the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT), state authorities that control domestic media, made it clear they will start “requesting reporters and editors” not to use reports from foreign media sources or citizen-generated content from the Internet without receiving first an approval, according to the local media.
If journalists do not respect the regulations, they can be banned from doing their job for a while, among other penalties. The management could also be ordered to keep a closer eye on the editorial departments. However, the date when the regulation will go into effect was not yet clearly specified.
At the beginning of 2013, the Southern Weekly, a newspaper based in Guangdong Province, was ordered to change its content by the Communist Party Propaganda Department. The newspaper’s reporters complained about the decision on Weibo and other websites, and thus won the sympathy of the entire nation, with people writing messages of support on the internet.