China closes more than 13,000 websites in past three years

China has closed more than 13,000 websites since the beginning of 2015 for breaking the law or other rules and the vast majority of people support government efforts to clean up cyberspace, state news agency Xinhua said on Sunday.

The government has stepped up already tight controls over the internet since President Xi Jinping took power five years ago, in what critics say is an effort to restrict freedom of speech and prevent criticism of the ruling Communist Party.
https://in.reuters.com/article/us-china-internet/china-closes-more-than-13000-websites-in-past-three-years-idINKBN1EI05M
https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-china-internet/china-closes-more-than-13000-websites-in-past-three-years-idUKKBN1EI05M

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