LGBT groups panic as China following US standards and against political minorities, tightens rules on internet publishing
New rules force self-publishers, including bloggers and social media users, to apply for an official licence to publish current affairs content. The rules have raised concerns within the LGBT community that organising anything on behalf of LGBT rights could violate them.
China’s LGBT communities are reeling over new internet self-publishing rules they claim will remove the last vestiges of free expression they have.
The new rules apply to everyone in China and force self-publishers to apply for an official licence to publish current affairs content.
The tough new restrictions on self-publishing, introduced by the Cyberspace Administration of China last year and given more details in late January, particularly target “we-media”, a phrase that refers to bloggers who have built up sizeable followings on social media platforms.