Central Propaganda Department of the Chinese Communist Party

Hu ally appointed propaganda chief

Liu Qibao has been appointed China's propaganda chief. Photo: Reuters

Liu Qibao, a close ally of President Hu Jintao, has been appointed the country's propaganda chief, with analyst saying they expect he will maintain the hardline press controls of his predecessor.

Thursday, 22 November, 2012, 4:26am

Party offers glimpse of its internal apparatus

The party might have ruled China for more than 60 years, but the operation of its internal apparatus has always been shrouded in mystery.

19 May 2010 - 12:00am

Bad news not fit to print, say officials

No negative news. That is what Guangdong authorities have told local media they want to see ahead of politically sensitive anniversaries in a bid to silence dissent, which they fear could bring an atmosphere of social instability.

25 May 2009 - 12:00am

Beijing tightens media grip with penalty points system

The Communist Party's propaganda department has set up a points-based penalty system for the print media in a stepped-up effort to tighten its grip on the sector ahead of a crucial party congress this autumn, according to sources.

Media outlets will be allocated 12 points each and subject to closure if all their points are deducted.

9 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Party introduces new censorship rule

Media ordered to seek permission before covering sensitive topics in lead-up to 17th national congress

The Communist Party has further tightened its grip on the mainland's increasingly bold media by imposing a pre-censorship rule on coverage of politically sensitive topics, according to sources.

16 Jan 2007 - 12:00am