China to keep open to foreign media after Games: Official

July 30th, 2008 - 3:15 pm ICT by IANS  

Xinhua
Beijing, July 30 (Xinhua) China will continue with its policy of openness to foreign media way beyond the Olympic Games, the country’s press authority said Wednesday. Liu Binjie, minister of the General Administration of Press and Publication, said openness to the foreign media is a long-term policy rather than a “puff of wind.”

“China’s open door to the foreign media will not close after the Games,” he told Xinhua.

“We regard the May 12 earthquake and the Olympic Games press coverage as an important test of the media operation reforms and will explore ways to build a more open and transparent media system after the Games.”

The government issued a series of regulations at the end of 2006, stipulating that foreign journalists could conduct interviews in China as long as they had consent from the interviewees.

“We are mapping out a new regulation, that we are confident will make China’s media still more open and transparent,” he said, without giving further details.
Xinhua

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