China: censura, espirros e pneumonias económicas

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao promised on Tuesday that the country would protect foreign media's rights on news reporting in China in line with the law in an effort to assure the smooth flow of the economic and financial information.[During a banquet held by the China-Britain Business Council (CBBC) in London]

The New China News Agency, mouthpiece for the Communist Party, announced revisions Sunday to 10-year-old regulations governing foreign news agencies in China.
The new rules explicitly forbid foreign agencies to distribute news that undermines China's national unity or sovereignty or endangers China's national security, reputation and interests. Under the rules, agencies cannot include content banned under Chinese laws, and the New China News Agency has the right to decide what news and information will be released in China and can delete anything it deems inappropriate.(...)

"The news that goes into newspapers in China is already controlled, and already goes out through Xinhua," said James McGregor, who was chief executive of Dow Jones's China business operations when Xinhua first tried to regulate foreign news services in 1996. "They're trying to take over the financial information business in China. They want to make the money instead of the foreigners. This is not a control issue -- they already have control. This is a money issue."(...)
"This is bad for China," McGregor said. "It doesn't matter if it's politically sensitive news or a rumor, it's information that can move markets. That's valuable to Chinese traders as well. They need the same information as everybody else. When China sneezes, the world's commodity markets get pneumonia."