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China: Govt. threatens to shut down major news site Sina unless it "improves censorship"

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12 April 2015

Sina Weibo was threatened to be shut down by official authority

Author: Patrick Frater, Variety

"Chinese Government Threatens Sina Over Poor Self-Censorship", 13th April 2015

The Chinese government has publicly threatened to close down the online news services of Sina, one of the country’s largest Internet groups, unless Sina “improves censorship.”...The Cyberspace Administration of China said that “Sina has spread illegal information related to rumors, violence and terrorism, pornography, swindling, advocation of heresies and has distorted news facts, violated morality and engaged in media hype.”...the company has been weak at policing its Weibo chat and messaging service, allowing user comments that differ from government policy on matters such as outlawed religious movement Falun Gong or separatist tendencies in Xinjiang province...Sina’s bosses promised to “intensify censorship” and publish more information with “positive energy.”...

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11 April 2015

Chinese authority orders Sina to strengthen censorship

Author: Channel NewsAsia

"China orders media giant Sina to 'improve censorship'", 12th April 2015

China's government has threatened to shut down Sina, one of the country's most popular news websites unless it "improves censorship"...The online portal "distorted news facts, violated morality and engaged in media hype"...the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) [says]...CAC accused Sina of spreading "illegal information related to rumors, violence and terrorism", and "advocation of heresies". Chinese authorities have in the past used "heresy" to refer to content related to banned religious groups, such as the Falun Gong...China in 2013 launched a crackdown on "online rumours", with several people posting content deemed untrue jailed in a campaign seen as an attempt to rein in online debate on microblogging services...Neither Sina nor CAC could not immediately be reached for comment on Sunday.

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