China stipulates stringent rules for printing in Tibet

Chinese authorities have stipulated stringent rules for printing and copying services in a bid to prevent "separatists" from putting up banners and distributing pamphlets in Tibet.

Beijing: Chinese authorities have
stipulated stringent rules for printing and copying services
in a bid to prevent "separatists" from putting up banners and
distributing pamphlets in Tibet.

Under the new rules, those using services to reproduce
printed or written material in the Tibetan capital Lhasa will
have to show their ID cards and have their ID numbers
registered, state run China Daily reported today.

The new measures are aimed at preventing "illegal
activities," the paper said.

"Those who are found to be involved in illegal
activities will be asked to shut down their businesses and be
held accountable under the law," it said.

Under the rules announced at a meeting of the
management of the city`s reprography sector, copy service
providers are required to strictly adopt a real-name
registration system.

The name and address of company, the number of copies,
as well as the name of the person who handles such services,
have to be taken down for record, the news rules say.

Both companies and individual will have to register
their name, address, ID card type and number.

Xin Yuanming, deputy police chief of the Lhasa police
bureau said at a press conference after the March 14 riots in
Lhasa in 2008 that some separatists constantly hand out
banners and pamphlets with illegal content in Tibet.

Eighteen people were killed and hundreds injured
during the March 14 protests spearheaded by Buddhist monks.
The new measures are meant to "prevent law offenders
or criminals from making use of reprography facilities to
conduct illegal activities", the report said.

Police are also required to strictly examine
companies` and individuals` qualifications in operating
reprography services, it said.

Individual applicants must be permanent residents in
the city or those who have acquired temporary residence.
Local police will regularly check how effective the
new measures are being implemented, it said.

PTI

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