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“I’ll see your censorship and raise you…”

Posted by direwolff on September 13, 2006

So it looks like China has instituted new censorship on the foreign press…

CHINA: China puts fresh curbs on foreign news agencies
New rules seek tighter control over content and distribution of information

By Chua Chin Hon

Beijing — China yesterday introduced fresh curbs on the distribution of content by foreign news agencies in a bid to strengthen the government’s already formidable control over domestic access to such content.

The detailed new rules, which went into immediate effect, banned the agencies from soliciting mainland subscribers directly.

They can now only distribute their content via the state-run Xinhua news agency or through an approved agent.

I’m looking forward to seeing who will be our first government hypocrite who will call China out for taking this despicable step given our own country’s recent and on-going bout with some censorship of our own. Remember…

Curtains Ordered for Media Coverage of Returning Coffins
By Dana Milbank

Tuesday, October 21, 2003

Since the end of the Vietnam War, presidents have worried that their military actions would lose support once the public glimpsed the remains of U.S. soldiers arriving at air bases in flag-draped caskets.

To this problem, the Bush administration has found a simple solution: It has ended the public dissemination of such images by banning news coverage and photography of dead soldiers’ homecomings on all military bases.

The only good news I guess is that in our country the current administration has not yet gutted the Freedom of Information Act the way it has the Constitution so there remains some work arounds that get us the information despite best efforts to thwart such…

U.S. ‘No Photo’ Policy and the Caskets of U.S. Soldiers

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All Things Considered, April 23, 2004 · Americans woke up today to something that’s been hidden from view during the war in Iraq — flag-draped caskets of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq. A policy dating back to the first Bush administration bans media coverage of caskets arriving at military bases. The photographs were released to First Amendment activist Russ Kick, who had filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to get the images.

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