The Huffington Post plans to launch a Chinese-language edition, Arianna Huffington, president and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, told The Telegraph.
At this stage, the firm is in discussions with several newspapers in the U.S. to partner on the launch. The partners haven’t been disclosed yet. And the Chinese-language edition will not be launched until an editor-in-chief is found, The Telegraph reported.
If successful, the Huffington Post will become the fourth English news media to operate Chinese-language services.
Last Month, The New York Times became the third to launch its Chinese-language edition, following The Financial Times and the Wall Street Journal. The New York Times’s two social media accounts were suspended for several hours after its launch, according to the Guardian. The Huffington Post will also face similar censorship problems from the Chinese government.
According to The Telegraph, The Huffington Posthas already become the world’s most read English-language news site, overtaking The New York Times. Launched in the U.S. in 2005, The Huffington Post “mixes original journalism with links to content on third-party websites and blogs and articles by unpaid members of the public.”
According to The Drum, The Huffington Post has already expanded to the United Kingdom, France, Canada and Spain. It is set to launch its local editions in Italy, Brazil and Turkey before the end of the year.
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