Report: China Embraces Growth of News on Net

HONG KONG (04/25/2000) - The Chinese government supports the growth of news coverage on the Internet -- given adequate regulation, a senior government official said, according to a report today on the Web site of the official People's Daily newspaper.

The development of more news Web sites will help to meet demand for up-to-date information and foster understanding between China and the rest of the world, said Wang Qingcun, the head of the Internet Information Management Bureau of the State Council Information Office, according to the report.

However, Wang also emphasized the need for regulation of news on the Internet.

He expressed concern about the prevalence of inaccurate reporting, infringement of intellectual property rights, and "harmful information" on the Internet, the People's Daily reported.

The Internet Information Management Bureau was established recently to manage news on the Internet, the report said.

Chinese government agencies in the past several months have announced edicts against the dissemination of "state secrets" over the Internet. [See "Beijing Tightens Internet Rules," Jan. 27.] Last month, the government established the 21 Dragon News Network, the first news Web site authorized to release official news. [See "China Launches First Official News Web Site," March 14.]

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