Chinese journalists get a warning; press freedoms halt in South Sudan

Here’s today’s MediaWireWorld roundup of journalism news from outside the U.S. Send tips to Kristen Hare: khare@poynter.org (also from Andrew Beaujon, 10 media stories to start your day, and from Sam Kirkland, tech and social media updates.)

1. Chinese journalists warned: The Chinese government warned journalists not to work with foreign media, Kiki Zhao reported Thursday in The New York Times.

The State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television, which regulates the media, in a notice dated June 30 but posted on its website this week, alerts Chinese journalists not to pass on any information obtained in the course of their work to any foreign media groups or to domestic media where they are not employed, and it re-emphasizes that they are not permitted to write for foreign news agencies.

2. A freeze on press freedoms in South Sudan: In a report Friday from Reporters Without Borders, the press freedom agency looks at South Sudan one year after independence and finds that because of renewed fighting, the promising press in the country has suffered.

3. In prison: In Burma, the CEO of a weekly newspaper and four of his journalists were given 10-year jail sentences, according to Reporters Without Borders. “They were arrested in February over an article reporting that a factory had been turned into a chemical weapons plant and was getting frequents visits from top generals.” RWB also wrote about increasing signs of press restrictions in Burma.

4. Now that’s a crook: Or a ninja. Either way, the bad guy or gal in the illustration on the front of Kleine Zeitung – Klagenfurt, in Klagenfurt, Austria gets points for fully committing. (Front courtesy Newseum.)

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