China eases international media restrictions

China has agreed, following trade complaints from North America and Europe, that agencies like Thomson Reuters do not have to be licensed by Xinhua News Agency, the official media arm of the Communist Party. Instead they will set up a new commission; it will be interesting to see if it will be truly objective. Still, it’s an effort in a country which is highly leery of foreign news firms.

European Journalism Centre, November 14 2008

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