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Chinese media told to improve sourcing


08:48, November 11, 2011

Chinese journalists have been told to remain impartial and alert against rumors that may become sources for their reports, according to a set of regulations issued by the government Thursday.

The regulations, issued by the General Administration of Press and Publication (GAPP), are aimed at increasing the credibility of Chinese news organizations.

"The images of some Chinese news media have been tainted by scandals involving inaccurate reporting," said a GAPP spokesman.

Under the regulations, journalists are required to quote at least two information sources in critical reports and are barred from altering news photographs or video clips in a way that distorts the authenticity of the material.

News organizations will have to make corrections and issue apologies if their news reports are found to be untrue or inaccurate, according to the regulation.

GAPP is the administrative agency responsible for regulating publication in print and on the Internet. This includes granting publication licenses for periodicals and books. It also liaises with other State authorities such as the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television.

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