Month: April 2012

Guest Post: Are We Getting China-Africa Media Relations Wrong?

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The influence of China on African domestic media and politics is rapidly becoming a contentious issue in China’s international activity, with a number of voices accusing it of neo-colonialism, abetting dictatorial regimes or exporting its own authoritarian model. PCMLP research fellow Iginio Gagliardone, however, argues that these accusations may be overblown, and should be subject to more neutral scrutiny.

Among the increasing number of countries filtering the Internet, China has stood out in its efforts to articulate a doctrine to validate this practice. In a White Paper released in June 2010, for example, Chinese authorities indicated “state security and social harmony” among the pillars of Internet development, and while recognizing the significance of freedom of expression, the paper stressed that when “exercising such freedom and rights, citizens are not allowed to infringe upon state, social and collective interests.” The claim that “the Internet of various countries belongs to different sovereignties” stands in sharp contrast with the U.S.’s pledge “for a single Internet where all of humanity has equal access to knowledge and ideas,” expressed only a few months earlier by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Read the rest of this entry »

Notice concerning Launching a Special Campaign Attacking “News Blackmail” to Control Paid-For News

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All provincial, autonomous region and municipal and the Xinjiang Production-Construction Corps publication bureaus, “sweeping pornography and striking illegality” offices, discipline inspection groups’ supervision offices inside bureaus, all relevant Centre and State organs, all democratic parties, all people’s organizations’ periodical controlling departments, all Centre newspaper and periodical publishing work units. Read the rest of this entry »

GAPP Chief Liu Binjie Leads Delegation to London Book Fair

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In a few days, the London Book Fair will open. Among its many international activities, the Fair will welcome a delegation of 21 Chinese writers and 180 publishers, headed by Liu Binjie, and organized with the assistance of the British Council, which also bring 10.000 Chinese literary works to the fair. Liu is the head of the General Administration of Press and Publications, which is the administrative body in charge of literary matters in China. It also controls the part of the print news sector that is not under direct Party control (such as the People’s Daily). As such, Liu is also vice-director of the Central Propaganda Department, the CCP Central Committee body in charge of daily management of the press, as well as general policymaking related to the cultural industries and the press sector. Read the rest of this entry »

Some Thoughts about Disney’s China Deal

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In short succession to Dreamworks, Disney has now signed a cooperation deal with two Chinese companies.  The goal of the newly established National Animation Creative Research and Development Cooperation is to create animated content for Chinese and international market, and act as an incubator for the broader development of the Chinese animation sector by training talent and raising the quality of the content and technical level of Chinese animation. Disney’s contribution will mainly consist of expertise in “story writing, screening, story refining, market research, creative revision and the creation of international standard intellectual property to foster local content and franchise development.” The other two sides of the cooperation are Tencent, which will provide expertise in e-commerce, online promotion and testing, and the China Cartoon Group Co., the cartoon-producing subordinate company of the Ministry of Culture. Read the rest of this entry »

Internet Society of China Proposal Letter on Resisting Online Rumours

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Following the rapid development of information and telecommunications technology, the Internet has become an important platform for the expression of the popular will, and has a positive influence on the economy, politics, culture, and the people’s lives and production. At the same time, it should be noted that harmful and untrue information still exists online, which influences the healthy development of society, especially the communication of online rumours recently has become a major social nuisance, which gravely harms citizens’ rights and interests, harms the public interests and endangers national security and social stability. Jointly resisting rumours and creating a healthy and civilized online environment have become problems attracting the common concern of all walks of society. In order to resist online rumours and create a healthy and civilized online environment, and to promote the healthy and sustainable development of the Internet sector, the Internet Society of China puts forward the following proposals to the Internet circles of the entire country. Read the rest of this entry »

A Brief Explanation concerning the “Copyright Law of the People’s Republic of China” (Revision Draft)

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At the end of March, the National Copyright Administration published a draft for the upcoming revision of the Copyright Law. It also issued an accompanying explanation as to which changes were made in the Copyright Law and why. Mainly, these changes are to be found in consolidating the copyright law regime, by including a number of provisions which were present only in administrative regulations; bringing the law in line with the WIPO treaties to which China acceded in 2007; instituting new requirements on copyright-related contract registration; and expanding the role of collective copyright management organizations. Also, the draft provides a safe haven for technological network service providers.

I, The basic situation of our country’s copyright law

The basic framework of our country’s copyright legal system is composed of laws, administrative regulations, local regulations, departmental rules, local government rules, normative documents, judicial interpretation, as well as corresponding international treaties, etc. After 20 years of efforts, our country has shaped a relatively complete copyright law system. Read the rest of this entry »

Lu Wei: The Lively Practice of the Marxist View of News in Present-Day China

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Some thoughts on the baptism of the “March, Transform, Improve” campaign

The Marxist news view is the root of the identity of every Socialist news worker, the basis of their employment and the spirit of their maturation, and it is a strong intellectual weapon to guide practice in news work. At present, the “March to the grass roots, transform work styles and improve writing styles” has been broadly launched across the nationwide news front, it is the newest practice of the Marxist news view in present-day China, and has further enriched the content of the times of the Marxist news view by integrating theory and practice.

I, Deeply launching the “March, Transform, Improve” campaign is a necessary requirement for firmly establishing the Marxist news view. Read the rest of this entry »