On Wednesday, China’s top internet regulator, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), published an updated list of 1,358 internet news services, saying information service providers are only permitted to reprint news from them.
The development comes midst a regulatory crackdown on a range of industries including the media sector.
The newly approved news service providers sees the quadrupling of outlets from an earlier count dating back to 2016 and includes a hike in social media and public news accounts, said the CAC in an initial announcement.
News outlets which who not abide by the newly published rules will face punishment, said the CAC.
Earlier this month, China’s state planner said, it was bringing an end to investment of “non-public” capital into a variety of publishing activities, including news-gathering, live broadcasts, editing and broadcasting entities.
“Non-public capital cannot be involved in the introduction of news released by overseas entities or summits and award selection activities in the field of news and public opinion”, said the NDRC.