China Escalates Crackdown On Internet Amid Scandal
Posted in: Censorship at 25/04/2012 22:09
China has stepped up its campaign to clamp down on the Internet, which has emerged as a virtual town square for exchanging information about the Bo Xilai scandal and the nation's biggest political upheaval in years.
The popular Twitter-like microblogging service Sina Weibo on Tuesday deleted the accounts of several users, including that of Li Delin, a senior editor of the Chinese business magazine Capital Week, whose March 19 post helped fuel rumors of a coup in Beijing. The service announced the move to many of its more than 300 million user accounts, thereby turning it into a public lesson in the consequences of rumor mongering.
China deletes accounts on Twitter-like service as part of social media crackdown
Just two days after President Obama and the United States government hit Syria and Iran with new sanctions "to hold accountable those who assist in or enable such [human rights] abuses through the use of information and communications technology," China has now stepped up its online crackdown in the wake of a political scandal.
China has been embroiled in a massive political scandal involving Bo Xilai, a Chinese politician who had been seen as a rising star in the Chinese Communist Party prior to his abrupt downfall over obstruction of justice charges in a murder case involving his wife, as well as local political disputes. Last month, Bo was removed as party chief of the southwestern city of Chongqing.