China deletes over 210,000 online posts in rumour crackdown

AFP , Thursday 12 Apr 2012

State closes dozens of websites and deletes messages as political scandal builds

China has closed 42 websites and deleted more than 210,000 online posts since March in a crackdown on "Internet-based rumours", state media said Thursday, amid a major political scandal.

The news, announced by the official Xinhua news agency in a brief report, comes as China is rocked by its biggest political crisis in decades with the purge of a top leader and the detention of his wife on suspicion of murder.

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