December 28, 2012

China has tightened internet controls, legalising the deletion of posts or pages which are deemed to contain “illegal” information.

The new laws also require service providers to hand over such information to the authorities for punishment.

The move signals that the new leadership headed by Communist Party chief Xi Jinping will continue to muzzle the often scathing online chatter in a country where the internet offers a rare opportunity for debate.

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