China issues new restrictions for online news providers

China, 2nd May: The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) has released the new regulations putting more limitations on the news produced and distributed by online platforms.

Under the new rules, which come into effect on 1st June, all online news services are to be managed by party-sanctioned editorial staff. This requirement applies to all political, economic, military, or diplomatic reports or opinion articles on blogs, websites, forums, search engines and instant messaging apps that select or edit news.

These platforms must have editorial staff who are approved by the national or local government Internet and information offices and their staff must be trained at and receive credentials from the Central Government in Beijing. Clearance from the State Internet Information Office will be required when domestic businesses partner with foreign entities or accept foreign funding.

Sources: Reuters article, Engadget article