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China's New Regulations on Instant Messaging Tools Explained

Categories: East Asia, China, Censorship, Citizen Media, Freedom of Speech, Governance, Law

Hu Yong, associate professor at Peking University‚Äôs School of Journalism and Communication, explained [1] the issue at stake regarding China's latest regulations on instant messaging tools on Chinafile. The regulations forbidden public account holders, except from registered media organizations accounts, to republish articles on current events. The result is a highly selective enforcement of law as any comment can fall under the category of “news commentary”.