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Malcolm Moore
The Telegraph
Friday, November 11, 2011

With more than 400 million Chinese now using social networks to spread information in real time, the Communist party has fretted over how to stay in control.

China’s leaders, already spooked by the rapid spread of the Arab Spring pro-democracy movement, worry that rumours on the internet, and then picked up by journalists, could lead to unrest and instability.

In a statement posted on its website on Thursday, the General Administration of Press and Publications said reporters would have their press credentials revoked for between five years and life if they recycled untrue information from the internet or mobile phone messages.

Reporters “must insist on doing their reporting in the field and not rely on unverified hearsay or other non-first-hand information in their reports”, the regulations say.

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