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China Letter-News and Human Rights

China human rights news with focus on the Uygur of Xinjiang, Tibetans and Tibet, Chinese mining workers, religion, corruption and censorship.

Tuesday, March 16, 2004

China closes 677 state newspapers


China Daily:

"Since the Chinese government started to reform state-owned newspapers seven months ago, 677 government and Party newspapers have been shut down.... "

This seems to be a small story but think about it.

By reducing the number of State owned newspapers and in some instances handing them over to private enterprise the Government theoretically, has deprived itself of an important means of communication and propaganda dissemination.

Now people who were forced to pay and receive such "newspapers" will no longer be obliged to do so.

The tentacles of the state retract a little.