China’s Media Control
The Chinese Communist Party holds the reins on reporting in three primary ways: (1) Registration and licensing for news organizations is mandatory and easily revocable by the central government; (2) Many media rely partly or wholly on the CCP for funds; and (3) The CCP appoints the executives within most media organizations. Publishing a politically unacceptable article on a “sensitive” topic like Falun Gong could easily result in the loss of a license, funding, and jobs within the organization .
The new stipulations include that (1) all foreign news organizations providing news to China must be approved by Xinhua; (2) Xinhua reserves the right to directly censor and edit inflowing news; (3) media in China may not directly publish or translate news from foreign news agencies without approval; and (4) media found to have violated any of the regulations may in the future be blocked from operating in China.
Prior to the Olympics, the CCP promised to ease restrictions on foreign reporting. As restrictions on reporting on the March 2008 crackdown in Tibet, and according to journalists working in China – these restrictions have not been lifted in any meaningful way (See Reporters Without Borders press release [http://www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=26248]).
- Out of the Media Spotlight Compassion magazine piece on Western media’s coverage of the Falun Gong.
- Propaganda Section
 Xing, Guoxin. The market, the state and the transformation of China’s propaganda: A case study of the party media. Diss. University of Regina, Saskatchewan, 2005.
 While Xinhua’s specific censorship policies are left intentionally vague, they contain clauses that belie the tight censorship of Falun Gong information. For example, Article 11 states, “News and information released in China by foreign news agencies shall not contain [content] that serves to…violate China’s religious policies or preach evil cults or superstition.” This phrase contains language similar to that which Xinhua frequently uses to refer to Falun Gong.