Monday, April 23, 2007

New Internet Publication Regulation to be Drafted

Xu Jinglei's online magazine

Drafting a new licensing rule for online magazines is on the agenda of China’s administration of press and publication, which will require online magazines to obtain license from the government before publishing, China Business News reported.

Online magazine has gained fast popularity in China in recent years, and it is estimated that there are a few hundred such digital magazines, run by companies or individuals, with viewers of nearly 40 million. A noticeable latest release of online magazine was that of popular movie star Ms. Xu Jinglei. The first issue of the bi-weekly online magazine, expected to make millions in advertisement income, was published earlier this month. Ms. Xu recruited a group of star writers to write for the magazine.

Most of China’s current online magazines did not have to obtain publication permits from authorities before making the content available online. But things will change after the new regulation is set up in the near future. No specific implement time, however, was indicated by officials from the press and publishing administration, and there was no word about whether the new stipulation will affect other online publications such as blogs.

Ms. Xu's online magazine overview

1 comment:

Benjamin said...

I think the problem is not dog rights nor human rights, but more a matter of reproductive rights. Dog ownership is becomming very popular in China, but the problem is that nobody has their dogs spayed or neutered. As much as some people might think this is cruel, the result of an enormous population of sexually active canines, is an even larger population of sexually active canines, which is why there are stray dogs everywhere in China. If people were educated about having their dogs neutered and spayed, we wouldn't have to deal so much with this problem of stray dog extermination.