Thursday, June 5, 2008

China calls halt to post-quake freedoms

CHINA has begun rolling back many of the media and online freedoms that were permitted in the immediate aftermath of May's devastating earthquake.

Restrictions on reporting have been tightened in recent days. Web group postings have been deleted. Internet filtering has been stepped up.

The Propaganda Ministry and the State Council, China's cabinet, have issued directives to state-run media outlining forbidden topics. Among them: shoddy school construction, whether Government rescue efforts lagged and whether Beijing knew the earthquake would happen but failed to warn people.

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