Posted by Jeremy Goldkorn on Friday, January 4, 2008 at 1:11 PM
In the last few days of 2007, two government ministries, SARFT and MII, announced a new set of rules to govern online video websites like Tudou,com, Youku.com, 56.com and other Youtube clones.
On January 2, Kaiser Kuo posted these thoughts on the Digital Watch blog:
This makes sense and is consistent with Internet regulatory patterns of the last few years.
This morning the mainstream media has picked up on the story, and Google News counts 222 different stories about the new laws. Many of the stories are guilty of rather gross simplifications, such as this story on staid old Bloomberg, whose reporters seem to have been told to sex up their China coverage:
China to Limit Web Broadcasting to State Operators
Nonetheless, there is concern within China that the laws will destroy an industry in its infancy. David Bandurski of the China Media Project has summarized Chinese criticism of the rules (and censorship of such criticism) in the Oriental Morning Post and Southern Weekly: Internet censors move to quiet debate on new online video and audio regulations.
China Media Timeline
Major media events over the last three decades
Danwei Model Workers
The latest recommended blogs and new media
Front Page of the Day
A different newspaper every weekday
From the Vault
Classic Danwei posts
+ Culture and corporate propaganda in Soho Xiaobao (2007.11): Mid-2007 issues of Soho Xiaobao (SOHO小报), illustrating the complicated identity of in-house magazines run by real estate companies.
+ Internet executives complain about excessive Net censorship (2010.03): Internet executives complain about excessive Net censorship at an officially sanctioned meeting in Shenzhen.
+ Crowd-sourced cheating on the 2010 gaokao (2010.06): A student in Sichuan seeks help with the ancient Chinese section of this year's college entrance exam -- while the test is going on!