China shuts several online news sites for independent reporting – BBC News
25 July 2016
News services run by some of China’s biggest online portals,
including Sina, Sohu, NetEase and iFeng, were shut for publishing
independent reports instead of official statements, the media said.
The sites had seriously violated reporting rules, officials said.
China has tightened controls on online communications in recent years.
Chinese news sites are prohibited from gathering or reporting on
political or social issues themselves, and are instead meant to rely on
reports published by official media, such as state news agency Xinhua.