New Rules in China Affect "Internet News"

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China sets new rules on Internet news
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More heartwarming news China: China sets new rules on Internet news, is a story in the Washington Post that has these small snippets of what the "new rules" for internet news mean:

"The state bans the spreading of any news with content that is against national security and public interest," the official Xinhua news agency said in announcing the new rules, which took effect immediately.

The news agency did not detail the rules, but said Internet news sites must "be directed toward serving the people and socialism and insist on correct guidance of public opinion for maintaining national and public interests."



It's great

As always the rules are vague as hell so they can be interpreted at random. I am even contemplating starting a Happy China News blog but then again, even that may be regarded at some point as being not in the public interest.

On a serious note, the question is how much impact this new guideline will really have as news also travels through a lot of other websites as well as by sms.

Still it is not a sign of lot of progress and something to keep in mind for all those VC's and other China goldseekers. The Internet is a tricky medium here.

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