Thursday, September 14, 2006

China Continues to Silence the Media

Xinhua Defends Foreign Media Controls

BEIJING (AP) -- The official Xinhua News Agency defended controls on foreign news agencies' access to China's media market, saying it won't seek to profit from its new monopoly and promising that financial firms will continue to receive economic information.

In a statement late Wednesday, Xinhua said it "seeks no economic gains" from the regulations, which give it control over distribution in China of news, photos and other services from foreign agencies.

China paper suspends cartoonist for drawing Hu crying

HONG KONG (Reuters) - A newspaper in southern China has suspended a cartoonist after he drew a weeping Chinese President Hu Jintao, a Hong Kong newspaper reported on Thursday.

Depicting national leaders in cartoons is considered politically incorrect in China, although it is periodically done without repercussions, the South China Morning Post said.

But artist Kuang Biao's cartoon of a teary-eyed Hu replying to a letter from the daughter of a university professor who died from overwork aged 48 was regarded by mainland censors as unacceptable, the newspaper said.

HT: Drudge

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