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With new rules, China tightens screws on press freedom
With new rules, China tightens screws on press freedom

For the past few months, freelance investigative journalist Ji Xuguang has been researching a story on the Chinese government’s program of demolishing people’s homes to make way for development projects. He planned to pitch it to one of his regular outlets, such as China Youth Daily, and have it published. But his hopes sank this week when he saw the latest directive from China’s press regulator. Journalists are banned from writing “critical reports” without advance approval from their employers, the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television warned on Wednesday. They also must not conduct interviews “outside their assigned...

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