China tightens grip on media, Skype calling

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    China tightens grip on media, Skype calling

    BEIJING: Chinese authorities are ringing in the New Year discussing ways to enhance control over media and Internet communication. They have asked the public to report misdoings by television and newspapers while hinting that privately-run communication lines like Skype will be blocked.

    These moves come in the wake of an announcement about dismissal of editorial staff by a popular magazine, Party, which covered sensitive political issues. The magazine, published by China's most popular blogger Han Han, also said it was not publishing its next issue.

    The latest move asking the public to report on bad reporting by the media is likely to be used by Communist Party officials at provincial and municipal levels, and put tremendous pressure on newspapers and television channels that have just begun to feel the taste of some freedom, observers said.

    The Ministry of Information and Industry Technology said on Friday that it was going to crackdown on "on illegal VoIP (voice over Internet protocol) telephone services". It was collecting evidence for legal cases against them, it said. It did not specifically name Skype and other VoIP service providers, but seemed to cover all of them.

    The move would help stop the losses suffered by government-run telecom providers like China Telecom, China Mobile and China Unicom. Vast numbers of Chinese and most foreigners have switched to low cost VoIP services to make long distance calls.

    But the move seemed to have a political motive because privately run VoIP services make it difficult for government agencies to carry out surveillance activities on dissidents and other people being watched.

    The public has been advised to use hotlines run by the State Administration of Radio Film and Television, General Administration of Press and Publication, and All-China Journalists Association to complain against the media spreading misinformation.

    "Once fabrication is verified, harsh punishments will be handed out to those reporters and officials responsible," the government said. This follows an earlier statement by the General Administration of Press and Publication, which castigated six media houses for falsely reporting news.

    In one case concerning Gansu Daily, the editorial staff was punished and made to apologize for spreading false stories.

    Read more: China tightens grip on media, Skype calling - The Times of India http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...calling/articleshow/7197122.cms#ixzz19hPuTsHZ
     
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  3. Ray

    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    It will affect many subscribers/user of Skype.

    But then I believe in Dubai, Skype is a no go!
     
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    Why is it that in every special event whether it is new year or something else, Chinese government runs around top to bottom censoring everything? What is the CCP afraid of when it is so confident about the "rich life" that it is giving her people? After all China is getting rich and we can see the change in their lifestyle. Then what is CCP afraid of so much on every festive occasion that it has to censor everything left, right and center for?

    Does it think that someone will overthrow them on New Year or what? :emot117:
     
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    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    Phew!

    Skype fooled me.

    The same link given by you states:

    According to the People’s Daily, the official publication of China’s Communist party, Skype (Skype) and all other Internet (Internet)-based calling services — apart from state-owned China Unicom and China Telecom — are now illegal.

    Why is the Peoples Daily, which is the CCP official publications spreading lies about China?
     
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    I tried to recover the original article by People's Daily quoted in the news, but failed. But I came across another article by Xinhua New Agency two days ago which may offer another angle for people to look at this issue. The article is of course published in Chinese language.

    http://news.xinhuanet.com/it/2010-12/29/c_12929344.htm

    After finishing the article, you will find out Xinhua is mainly criticizing Ministry of Industry and Information Technology for overly protecting the benefits of national telecom carriers (China Moble, China Unicom, China Telecom) by issuing the move of containing both domestic and foreign companies which provide VOIP service. In this sense, it is a pure business move.
     
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