Beijing Censors Take Aim at Music

China’s Ministry of Culture will “hand down punishments” to 14 websites, including one run by Internet search provider Baidu Inc., for providing downloads of songs not approved or registered with the country’s content regulators, in what appeared to be part of a renewed effort to block explicit and politically sensitive online content.The websites have provided download services for the music despite warnings not to do so, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported Monday, citing a ministry official. Xinhua didn’t specify the punishments.

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