Chinese President Xi Jinping has demanded ‘absolute loyalty’ from the state media. Beijing is also to oblige foreign media companies to obtain state permission before publishing online
Chinese President Xi Jinping visited the country’s top three state-run media outlets on Friday. In this rare tour, Xi told media editors and journalists to pledge total loyalty to the state and the ruling Communist Party and its leaders in “thought, politics and action.”
Liu Yunshan, the party’s propaganda chief, accompanied Xi on his visits to the People’s Daily, the Xinhua news agency, and state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV).
“The media run by the party and the government are the propaganda fronts and must have the party as their family name,” Xi told the media employees.
“All the work by the party’s media must reflect the party’s will, safeguard the party’s authority, and safeguard the party’s unity,” Xi said. “They must love the party, protect the party, and closely align themselves with the party leadership in thought, politics and action.”
New media regulations
Meanwhile, China is set to introduce a law to ban foreign firms from publishing online content. The foreign and partly-foreign companies will now require a prior state permission to publish content. The move, which will go into effect on March 10, is viewed by many as part of Beijing’s ongoing efforts to control the digital realm. Read more