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China censors entertainment news outlets, cites 'socialist values'

Crackdown has been justified under China's newly implemented Cybersecurity Law

Oiwan Lam | Global Voices 

Major social media platform operators including Weibo, WeChat, Youku, Baidu and Netease shut down a large number of social media entertainment news outlets after a June 7 meeting with Beijing's Office of Cyberspace Affairs.

The crackdown has been justified under China's newly implemented Cybersecurity Law, which emphasises ideological control as a core component of maintaining state security. More than 60 outlets have been shuttered in less than a week, some of which are commercial news outlets funded by private capital investments, while others are entertainment sections ...

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First Published: Thu, June 15 2017. 12:14 IST
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