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China’s new rules for online expression: talk just became a lot less cheap – Rogier Creemers

China OnlineThe campaign against the spread of online rumours and false information in China continues to escalate. In the wake of a swathe of articles, amongst others in Red Flag Magazine, earlier announcements by the State Internet Information Office and the prosecution of a number of news websites, the Supreme People’s Court and Supreme People’s Procuratorate have introduced a judicial interpretation (original/our translation) that expands criminal liability to include a number of online activities. Continue reading

Chinese Media Legislation and Regulation: Trends, Issues and Questions: A Conference

At this moment, the Chinese media are at a crossroads. Hitherto, media regulation had been primarily aimed at ensuring, in a top-down manner, that the ruling party’s message was spread to the population. This objective was supported by overall State ownership and control over media outlets, strict requirements over content, authority over personnel appointments and a tight punitive regime. In recent years, however, this picture has become more complex. Continue reading

Promoting Legal Protection for the Media in China – Clare Kissin

Thanks to the Leveson inquiry, the British media system and news-gathering practices have been the subject of extensive public discussion and debate. Yet, little attention has been given to how favourably our system – even with all its flaws – compares to those in other countries. Through a project supported by the Great Britain China Centre (“GBCC”), Chinese academics and judges have been looking to our jurisdiction for guidance on how to protect Chinese media and journalists. Continue reading

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