Washington – In the wake of
Google’s (NASD: GOOG) decision this week to stop censoring search results in China, the
Chinese government has issued a draconian set of guidelines on how media
outlets in the country must cover the matter, which were first published by
China Digital Times and subsequently republished by The Washington Post. The
rules stipulate that media must use content and talking points about the
controversy from the central government’s media site, and may not "report
Google’s information/press releases." "Related reports need to put
[our story/perspective/information] in the center, do not provide materials for
Google to attack relevant policies of our country."
The rules also order
media sites not to produce topic pages, discussion sessions or engage in
investigative reporting into Google’s move.
Sites must also monitor their
comments sections, as well as "’clean up’ text, images and sound and
videos which support Google, dedicate flowers to Google, ask Google to stay,
cheer for Google and others have a different tune from government policy."
(China Digital Times)