Chinese regulators have banned the country’s journalists from sharing information they have obtained on the job with overseas media or publishing it in any venue outside the media in which they are employed, in a move that critics have said will further stifle press freedom.

The regulations, which were detailed in a June 30 document but released this week, come at a time when Chinese journalists have been accused of using their positions for blackmail. But the rules will also impact journalists who, frustrated with tight controls over what they can publish in their companies, have sometimes released information they have obtained to outlets outside mainland China or on social media, such as their personal blogs.

In an explanatory note, the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television said those acts have “disturbed the normal news order” and hurt the interest of the ruling Communist Party as well as China’s national interest.

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