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China Issues New Rules Giving Foreign Journalists More Freedom
2008/10/21

China issued new rules on reporting activities by foreign correspondents on its territory late Friday, allowing them to interview without application to foreign affairs departments.

"The new rules follow the major principles and spirits of the media regulations introduced for the Beijing Olympics," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said at a late night press conference.

The conference began 15 minutes before the expiry of the temporary Olympic rules, which were introduced on January 1, 2007 and removed media restrictions on foreign reporters during the Beijing Games.

"In the form of a long-lasting law, the 23-item new rules make that temporary arrangement a standard practice," Liu said.

"The new regulations are significantly different from those issued in 1990," spokesman said.

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