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Caixin was removed from the list of online news sources

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The List of Internet News and Information Contributing Units published by the Cyberspace Administration of China requires all Chinese news websites to restrict their information sources to the list when republishing news. The list includes 1,358 contributing units in total, all of which belong to party and official media. Among them, there are 79 central news websites, 38 central news units, 89 industrial media, 1,072 local news websites and local news units, and 80 so-called government affairs publishing platforms.

In 2016 China national network letter list of qualified news articles, also includes Caixin, the Caixin has been excluded, this means that although it wasn’t affecting their daily operation, the reader can still go to its website browsing, but all of China’s network news and media platform, will not be allowed to quote or transfer any news Caixin.

On Oct. 2, Hu posted a Caixin website Mini post about food and pictures of pigs’ heads: “Pigs’ heads, if cooked well, are quite edible. Pig head is disliked, and people’s concept has a lot to do with. With such a bad reputation, no one would want to establish a strategic partnership with them at the dinner table, “wrote Wang Lang, the son of the late wang Zengqi. Although the article is quoted, it is still subject to a lot of speculation after Posting. The post has since been deleted, but Mr. Wang’s article remains.

Caixin, founded by Hu Shuli, is a rare media outlet in China that is relatively outspoken and good at in-depth reporting. Its insider reports on corrupt senior officials once caused a sensation. After the outbreak of the virus in Wuhan last year, Caixin’s in-depth research on the epidemic also attracted widespread attention at home and abroad.
Bloomberg cited analysis that Beijing authorities’ removal of Caixin from its list of sources showed that “news media, no matter how reputable, must align themselves with the government to continue to enjoy their rights.” “No media should be above the Party.”

The Cyberspace Administration of China said in a press release issued Wednesday, before this list out, Cyberspace Administration does have strict audit units of filing materials, the so-called “adhere to the correct political direction and public opinion direction, value orientation, management norms, strong representative, sweeping” media, website, as well as government affairs publishing platform, according to the principle of “should be carried out to the into” included in the list of contributions.
This is not the first time the Chinese government has published a list of contributors. In 2016, the Chinese government launched a similar list of news sources.

The Cyberspace Administration said in its press release, the latest update list is a list of 2016, the old version caused by removal of institutional reform, unit name, URL, director unit of contributions to the change of the organizer in school, at the same time will no longer be eligible, daily performance, lack of the influence of the unit is removed from the list.

The Cyberspace Administration announced that the 2016 edition will be scrapped as soon as the new edition is published.

The Chinese government has always attached importance to propaganda and public opinion, and has often cracked down on freedom of the press and speech in order to maintain what it calls the “correct political direction and public opinion orientation.” Many dissidents who did not or did not care to “align with the Party central Committee” were not only persecuted, but arrested or imprisoned on various pretensions. In China, there are countless people convicted of speaking out.

A prominent Chinese media Luo Changping on October 6, for Posting on sina weibo, hit the Korean film to the Chinese National Day the long vacation “Changjin lake” published personal views different from the official position, not only immediately on the Internet by “patriotic netizen” criticism, and was immediately summoned police in Sanya, He was detained by the police on suspicion of “crimes against the honor and honor of heroes and martyrs”.

Last weekend, after watching the movie “Changjin Lake,” a film critic tiktok calls “Miruge Light Pictures” posted a one-minute video of a kind of personal “reflection” under the title “Behind the carnival, a sense of crisis that cannot be ignored.” But as the comment deviated from the official propaganda tone, the user’s Douyin account was immediately banned.

On October 8, The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) released the revised negative List for Market Access (2021 edition) to solicit public opinions. The clause that “non-public capital is prohibited from conducting news media-related businesses in violation of regulations” has attracted the attention of Chinese and foreign media as well as media investors and practitioners.

Negative listing rules, non-public capital shall not be engaged in editorial broadcast news, news organizations shall not establish investment and management, may engage in news organizations, frequency, channels, columns, layout of the public accounts, shall not introduce overseas main body release news, the news public opinion field shall not be held BBS summit and awards.

Once the negative list was published, even Chinese Internet users lamented the further decline of freedom in the country’s already heavily suppressed media. One anonymous netizen said, “Restricting the media leads to distorted public opinion, and finally leads to biased policies at all levels, which hurts the people greatly.”

The latest list of news sources released by the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) shows that the government is most concerned about effective control of public opinion, rather than the lamentation of ordinary citizens about distorted public opinion or policy deviations.

From now on, Chinese Internet news service providers will be required to follow the latest version of the source list when reposting news, and will be punished “in accordance with laws and regulations” if they repost beyond the limits, according to the Cyberspace Administration of China press release.

The release added that the CAC would implement dynamic management of the latest list of contributors, adding or removing them at any time according to their performance, in order to “encourage contributors to strengthen their awareness of responsibility and gatekeeping, improve the quality of content and operation safety, and ensure that positive energy and themes remain high online”.

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