(RepublicanReport.com) – China’s restrictive attitude toward political commentary and general freedom of expression has been well-documented for a while. However, the true extent of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) power to shut down opposition to its regime has only recently become apparent.
On Wednesday, February 17, the Associated Press released a report on new Chinese restrictions of online content related to health, economics, education and other matters of public importance. Starting from next week, any blogger or influencer wishing to deal with these subjects will have to receive government approval.
Beginning next week, the Cyberspace Administration of China will require bloggers and influencers to have a government-approved credential before they can publish on a wide range of subjects. https://t.co/w9AD4r6Bnr
— PBS NewsHour (@NewsHour) February 17, 2021
According to a report first released on AP News, top blogger Ma Xiaolin was recently asked to stop posting political content on one of China’s microblogging sites. Despite his experience research and studying international affairs, he said that he’s now limited to smaller topics on the site such as entertainment.
Similar rules restricting political or military-related content have been in place since 2017, though they’ve not been widely enforced. These new laws will represent a significant expansion of the CCP’s censorship program.
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