October 18, 2008
The Chinese Foreign Ministry agreeably surprised us yesterday by issuing new rules on reporting activities by foreign correspondents allowing them to interview without application to foreign affairs departments.
“The new rules follow the major principles and spirits of the media regulations introduced for the Beijing Olympics,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said at a late night press conference. The rules make that temporary arrangement a standard practice,” Liu said.
Foreign reporters wishing to interview organizations or individuals in China no longer need to be received and accompanied by Chinese organizations.
“Foreign reporters still need to ask for permission to do reporting in Tibet and other areas that are off-limits to foreign reporters, like some military facilities,” Liu said.
The new rules took effect from 17 October.Author : Stanley Crossick