Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Beijing to clamp down on foreign media

Chris Buckley writes for The International Herald Tribune:

China disclosed on Wednesday that it had frozen approvals for foreign satellite broadcasters entering its market and would strengthen restrictions on foreign television programs, books, newspapers and performances in an effort to exercise tighter control over the country's cultural life.

"Import of cultural products contrary to regulations will be punished according to the circumstances, and in serious cases the import license will be revoked," the rules, which were issued on Tuesday, stated. "In the near future, there will be no more approvals for setting up cultural import agencies."


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