China may further restrict the right of media to report on details of terror attacks, state media reported Tuesday, under a tough new law that could be passed before the end of the month.
The draft anti-terrorism law has already attracted concern in western countries, as it could require technology firms to install “backdoors” in products or to hand over sensitive information such as encryption keys to the government, Reuters reported.
The law is having another reading at the latest session of the standing committee of the National People’s Congress, which ends Sunday.
The official People’s Daily said the law’s new draft includes a provision that media and social media cannot report on details of terror activities that might lead to imitation, nor show scenes that are “cruel and inhuman”.
No details of hostages, how authorities have responded to terror incidents or personal details of those on the scene are allowed to be reported without approval by counterterrorism authorities, the newspaper said.
Chinese state-run media already operates under strict controls when it comes to reporting on terrorism, and the government brooks no challenge to its official accounts of attacks or other incidents.
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