China to shut political, social news sites run by websites
July 25, Beijing: Chinese authorities have shut down several edgy news programs run by major web portals in the latest round of efforts to restrict reporting of political and social news.
Citing violation of rules, the municipal office in charge of cyberspace regulations have ordered news portals of Sina, Sohu, Netease and iFeng to end their news programs known for more freewheeling coverage of political and social news, the state-run Beijing News reported Sunday.
The government office did not immediately respond to requests for comment from The Associated Press.
By law, Chinese news sites are allowed to carry only political news reports from state media controlled by party committees and governments. Despite the clear rules against news sites having their own news gathering teams, major news sites — driven partly by commercial interests and partly by their journalistic pursuits — have formed their own editorial staffs to chase hot social issues and conduct in-depth investigations.
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