China Cracks Down on Media

    42-2810849201 Apr 2011, Bejing, China, China --- The Chinese national flag sways in the wind in front of an office highrise in Bejing, China, 1 April 2011. Photo: Arno Burgi --- Image by © Arno Burgi/dpa/Corbis

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    China is clamping down on popular media, limiting “entertaining” television and working on ways to control microblogging. Starting next year, Chinese television stations will be limited to two 90-minute entertainment shows per week, part of the Communist Party's new attempt to root out “excessive entertainment and vulgar tendencies.” The government also called for an “Internet management system” that would regulate social networks and punish people who spread “harmful information.” Officials are also discussing forcing microbloggers to register accounts with their real names and identification numbers.

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