China punishes media for providing news to foreign countries Illegally

China has penalized the country’s two largest photo agencies for providing online news services without permission and providing news content to unauthorized foreign companies.

The two companies, Visual China Group and IC photo have been forced to halt their services, according to a statement from China’s Internet watchdog. 

Both providers have suspended their website services and would later be back online after they conduct a rectification within themselves.

Political control of the Internet has been tightened under President Xi Jinping, with demands that companies tighten oversight of ‘harmful information’; from vulgar to politically sensitive content.