China’s LGBT communities are reeling over new internet self-publishing rules they claim will remove the last vestiges of free expression they have.

The new rules apply to everyone in China and force self-publishers to apply for an official licence to publish current affairs content.

The tough new restrictions on self-publishing, introduced by the Cyberspace Administration of China last year and given more details in late January, particularly target “we-media”, a phrase that refers to bloggers who have built up sizeable followings on social media platforms.