China strengthens control of online news


Online news outlets in China will require a government license to publish news on the web and social media, the country's internet regulator has announced.

The rules announced Tuesday will also block foreign or private companies from investing in online news services or directly disseminating news.

Chinese news outlets will have to undergo a security review before working with foreign companies, according to a statement from the Cyberspace Administration of China, the agency charged with enforcing the rules, which take effect June 1.

The move follows a crackdown on dissent under Communist Party leader Xi Jinping that has led to tighter controls on what can be published online.

The so-called “Great Firewall of China” prevents China’s citizens from gaining full access to the Internet, with popular sites and social media such as Google and Twitter blocked. The U.S. government has even cited China’s internet filters as a barrier to trade.