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China issues ultimatum to bloggers and blog commenters

Microblog users in Beijing who do not register using their real names by mid-March will be banned from posting comments, a local official said on Wednesday, as authorities tighten their grip on the web. The Chinese capital recently ordered users of weibos — popular microblogs similar to Twitter — to…

Propaganda authorities take over Beijing papers

China’s propaganda authorities have placed two of Beijing’s most popular and colourful newspapers under new management, state press said, in a move decried by critics as an effort to censor the news. Beijing’s Communist Party-run media authorities have taken over at the helm of the popular “Beijing News” and the…