October 17, 2013

LIKE OBAMA, China doesn’t want people listening to bloggers. “Police in China have arrested an influential blogger and are holding a cartoonist in a widening crackdown on online ‘rumour-mongering,’ friends and a lawyer for one of them said on Thursday. Hundreds of people have been detained since August, say Chinese media and rights groups, as the government has stepped up its campaign to banish rumours. Most have been released, but some are still being held on criminal charges. The latest moves targeting the bloggers appear to suggest the new government, led by President Xi Jinping, is expanding its crackdown on dissent, although some critics have warned the move could backfire on Communist Party leaders.”

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