Saturday, August 27, 2011

China has a "license to publish" concept

On Aug. 26, the Washington Post ran a “China Watch” section with a report by Jiang Xueqing writing, “Turning the page, Newspapers and magazines enter a challenging era”. What’s interesting is this process in China of quasi “privatization” of news services into “enterprises”, but the requirement of “licenses to publish” (a medieval concept) associated with required “serial numbers”.   China apparently regards having the capability to release information “into the wild” for “everyone” (or the “public”) as a privilege that should be regulated. No free entry!

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