China cracks down on online news operators
BEIJING (APP) - China has shut down several online news operations after authorities blasted them for independently reporting and publishing articles about potentially sensitive subjects, state media said Monday.
Major Chinese-language portals including Sina, Sohu, Netease and iFeng have closed some of their freewheeling political and social news sites and social network accounts after Beijing's internet control department "harshly criticised" their "huge amount of activities violating the law and regulations", the Beijing News reported.
The programmes "uploaded and published a large number of news reports
gathered and edited by themselves", causing "particularly vile impact", it
said, citing an unnamed official with the department.
The sites are also facing fines, the official added, without giving details.