Phoenix News Site Suspended for “Illegal” CoverageThe Cyberspace Administration of China has suspended Phoenix New Media’s popular online news portal ifeng.com for “disseminat[ing] illegal and harmful information, distort[ing] news headlines, and shar[ing] news information in violation of rules.” The site’s technology channel will be suspended for a month, while its news and financial channels, app and mobile site will be suspended for two weeks. The shutdown of ifeng.com comes after newly-installed CAC chief Zhuang Rongwen vowed to clamp down on “negative elements” and promote “positive energy” last week. At the South China Morning Post, Nectar Gan reports:
The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) on Wednesday ordered Phoenix New Media’s news portal Ifeng.com to carry out a “thorough and in-depth rectification”.
[…] NYSE-listed Phoenix New Media is the second major Chinese news portal to fall victim to a new wave of tightened internet control under Zhuang, who took over the helm of the powerful watchdog in August.
A briefing from TechNode explains why the suspension of the popular news portal is noteworthy: […] Online content providers, including news services and entertainment platforms, have faced increasing scrutiny from government departments. Short video platforms have been targeted for hosting “inappropriate” content in an effort to increase government controls over cultural content. ifeng.com’s suspension comes a week after CAC chief Zhuang Rongwen promised to further extend control over online spaces, saying “positive energy” should be promoted, while “negative elements” should be suppressed.
It obviously could be that in near future the present Austrian government in its onslaught of the Austrian mass media will undertake similar measures to ensure the correctness of mass media reporting and to prevent any negative slandering and cheap propaganda against the true measures of the freely and democratioc elected government of Austria. Be prepeared to read:
The Cyberspace Administration of Austria (CAA) on Wednesday ordered Telekurier Online Medien GmbH & Co KG (FBN: 216605m; HG Wien), Internetdienste, 1190 Wien, Leopold-Ungar-Platz 1; Inhaber (Alleingesellschafter) der Futurezone GmbH (Internetdienste, Wien) news portal kurier.at to carry out a “thorough and in-depth rectification”. The goal of the government is to further extend control over online spaces, saying “positive energy” should be promoted, while “negative elements” should be suppressed. Other media as "Der Standard" or, especially, "Falter", are already banned from operation.
[…] NYSE-listed Telekurier Online Medien GmbH & Co KG is the second major Austrian news portal to fall victim to a new wave of tightened internet control under Herbert Kickl (* 19. Oktober 1968 in Villach, Kärnten) an Austrian politician (FPÖ, now FAPÖ *)), since December 18, 2017 secretary of the interior of the Republic of Austria.
*) The extremist FPÖ - Freiheitliche Partei Österreichs - has acknowledged her fascistic heritage by changing the name to FAPÖ - Faschistische Partei Österreichs). As such, the new old party has strengthened the co-operation with Israel and China.