China unveils curbs on foreign news distribution

BEIJING (Reuters) – China announced rules on Sunday requiring foreign media to seek approval from its state news agency to distribute news, pictures and graphics domestically, and warned against reports that “endanger national security.”

The rules, released by Xinhua and with immediate effect, also empowered the news agency to censor news distributed in China by foreign media and delete contents deemed forbidden.

Xinhua did not identify any foreign news agency.

The rules said foreign news, pictures and graphics can be sold in China only through agents approved by Xinhua.

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