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Coup rumours: China cracks down on sites
Sutirtho Patranobis, Hindustan Times
Beijing, March 31, 2012
First Published: 08:45 IST(31/3/2012)
Last Updated: 23:12 IST(31/3/2012)

About a week after reports about an imminent coup got the internet buzzing here, authorities have detained six persons and shut down 16 websites for fanning the rumours.

The detention and shut down were ordered because those involved were "fabricating or disseminating online rumours," the State Internet Information Office and Beijing police said.

The websites were closed for spreading rumors of "military vehicles entering Beijing and something wrong going on".

The SIIO spokesman added that two popular micro-blogging sites - and where much of the coup reports were shared by curious netizens - were also punished by authorities. Subsequently, the sites suspended the comment functions on their websites.

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