Beijing: No organisation or individual has the right to bar journalists from reporting on them, said China’s top media watchdog.
The General Administration of Press and Publications (GAPP) said Monday that government departments should not put barriers in the way of journalists or create so-called “blacklists of journalists”, reported China Daily.
It added that it would punish any media professional or institution involved in misconduct, including fabricating reports.
A health ministry official had earlier warned journalists they would be blacklisted if they were found to be “misleading” the people with inaccurate reporting.
Criticising some government officials’ conservative attitude toward journalists, Pu Xingzu, a professor, said the media should be encouraged to highlight social problems.