On May 2, Office of the Central Leading Group for Cyberspace Affairs released two regulations, regulations on management of online news information service and regulations on administrative enforcement of content management of online information. The regulations clearly said that online news service providers, including websites, apps, new media, official accounts, real time communication tools and webcast, are required to get permission issued by Office of the Central Leading Group for Cyberspace Affairs.
The first regulation mentioned that news information covers politics, economics, military, diplomacy, and social affairs as well as emergencies. News service includes online news reporting, editing and publishing and forwarding. Companies or individuals are not allowed to provide news service unless they get the permission.
The regulation also requires several qualifications to apply for the permission, including having a legal representative, a general director, a Chinese editor-in-chief, professional and qualified reporters, content supervisor and technique supporter as well as suitable places with facilities and funds.
The second regulation requires the enforcement process of information supervision.
Administrative punishments should be issued by local office of cyberspace affairs. National punishments should be process at national level.
Besides the two regulations, the Office of the Central Leading Group for Cyberspace Affairs also released the draft notice of supervision on online products and service security which will be carried out in June.