China Shuts Down Web Sites in Crackdown – AP

From AP, via MSN Money

Chinese authorities have shut down an online discussion forum that reported on anti-corruption protests in a village in the country’s south as well as a Web site serving ethnic Mongolians, overseas monitors said Tuesday…

Radio Free Asia, a U.S.-based broadcaster, said an online forum that covered protests in the village of Taishi has been closed. It said the site had been popular among academics, journalists and rights activists…

Meanwhile, the Paris-based group Reporters Without Borders said China had shut down an online forum for ethnic Mongolian students, called, for allegedly hosting separatist content. Attempts Tuesday to view the page called up a message that said: “You are not authorized to view this page.”

The press group said Beijing’s controls on ethnic minorities were more restrictive than for the rest of China’s population.

It said the government also temporarily closed the Web site of a law firm in China’s Inner Mongolia region, called That site could be accessed Tuesday.

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