China says update of news-sources list meant to fix ‘chaotic dissemination’

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HONG KONG, Nov 16 (Businesshala) – China’s recent move to update an official list of Internet news providers whose content may be reprinted by other sites is aimed at correcting the “chaotic spread” of news , a senior cyberspace regulatory official said on Tuesday.

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Xie Dengke, director of cyberspace administration of China’s Network Communications Bureau, said at a state council news briefing that the management of online news sources was critical to maintaining a “clear cyberspace”.

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He said without naming any names there was “inappropriate reporting and editing” and “reprinting beyond anyone’s scope”.

The CAC last month updated its list of approved news sources amid a regulatory crackdown on several industries, and raised eyebrows for dropping one of the country’s best-known business publications, Caixin.

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Caixin was included in the original 2016 list, but Xie did not comment at the briefing on its exclusion this year.

Founded in 2009 by editor Hu Shuli, Caixin has earned a reputation as one of China’s most in-depth outlets for investigative journalism. It regularly reported on corruption and pollution, and was widely read when the COVID-19 virus first emerged in Wuhan.

The ruling Communist Party of China has tightened its control over domestic media since Chinese President Xi Jinping took office in 2012, and last month, the head of the CAC said China would strengthen its efforts to build a “civilized” internet , whose role would include promoting socialist values. ,

On Tuesday, Xi also cited Xi’s speech from 2019 when the Chinese leader said that media outlets should infuse positive energy, be easy to manage and serve a useful purpose.

He also said that data-security issues, which he did not elaborate on, could result in a media outlet being removed from the list of Internet news providers.

In late August, the CAC published an editorial on its website criticizing bloggers for “fabricated and disseminated” negative news about China’s economy and financial markets.

Reporting by Eduardo Baptista; Editing by Bernadette Baum

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