China puts the grip on web news

China appears to be really getting set to rain some bad mojo down on their media sources:

China imposes new rules on news Web sites

Only “healthy and civilized news and information that is beneficial to the improvement of the quality of the nation, beneficial to its economic development and conducive to social progress” will be allowed, Xinhua said.

It added: “The sites are prohibited from spreading news and information that goes against state security and public interest.

“Conductive to social progress?” Well I guess that means Fox News is doomed from ever airing in China! πŸ˜€

But seriously, I find it remarkable how consistently wrong those advocates are, of the idea that China will open up to democracy as the country becomes more prosperous. Seems to me that instead they’re using this prosperity quite effectively towards the goal of solidifying their control. Everyone is afraid of going against the party line, lest they lose control of their multi-million-dollar manufacturing operation, or worse…