Testing time for Chinese media as party tightens control




 
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Testing time for Chinese media as party tightens control
 
December 19th, 2013  
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Topic: Testing time for Chinese media as party tightens control


Testing time for Chinese media as party tightens control
By Natalie Thomas BEIJING (Reuters) - Early next year, Chinese journalists will have to pass a new ideology exam to keep their press cards, in what reporters say is another example of the ruling Communist Party's increasing control over the media under President Xi Jinping. It is the first time reporters have been required to take such a test en masse, state media has said. The impact of increased control in the past year has been chilling, half a dozen reporters at Chinese state media told Reuters, mostly on condition of anonymity to avoid repercussions for talking to the foreign media without permission. China has also intensified efforts to curb the work of foreign news organizations.




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