China cracks down on ‘conservative’ sites – Reuters

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China has shut down two websites vocal in criticising market-oriented reforms amid a Communist Party crackdown on expression.

The Asian nation has some of the strictest web controls in the world, with rigid registration procedures for websites and a special police force monitoring its 110 million web surfers round the clock.

It mostly targets progressive content attacking the Party’s monopoly on power and calling for democracy and civil liberties. In September, Yannan.cn, a major forum hosting liberal intellectual writings was shut down indefinitely.

Now the conservative sites of the “Chinese Workers” and the “Communists” have also been closed.

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…They are fairly obscure to the general public but analysts said authorities are wary of their populist commentaries.

The Chinese Workers sites reports on strikes and protests by workers in moribund state enterprises, once the backbone of China’s planned economy but now riddled with problems having laid off millions of staff.

The Communists site advocates China’s return from today’s rampant corruption and yawning wealth gap to its belief in the moral purity and income equality under chairman Mao Zedong.

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