China`s microblog media falls silent
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Last Updated: Sunday, April 01, 2012, 20:02
Beijing: China's influential microblogs, which over the last few years have emerged as a challenge to the monopoly of the state media, have fallen silent for the first time after being penalised over the spread of coup rumours.

Two major Chinese microblogging sites, and, known as Chinese Twitters with about 300 million microblogger subscribers have suspended comment functions after they were punished for allowing rumours to spread, state run Shanghai Daily reported.

They put up online announcement yesterday suspending the comment function from March 31 to April 3 to clean up rumours and other illegal information spread through microblogging networks, following a crackdown for carrying postings, including pictures of battle tanks rolling down streets in Beijing, that sparked speculation of a coup.

The speculation went viral with rumours of infighting in the Communist Party leadership following the sacking of a party leader Bo Xilai.

Chinese authorities have closed 16 websites and detained six people responsible for "fabricating or disseminating online rumours".

Beijing police also arrested 1,065 suspects and deleted more than 208,000 "harmful" online messages as part of an intensive nationwide crackdown on Internet-related crimes conducted since mid-February, according to the state run Xinhua news agency.

This is perhaps for the first time the Chinese government which was apprehensive about the emergence of the alternate media, cracked down on them, though a series of measures to regulate them were announced in the recent months.

PTI Opposition claims Myanmar's Suu Kyi wins Pak supports peaceful use of N-energy by Iran: Gilani Beijing: Pakistan supports "peaceful use" of nuclear technology by Iran, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said, as he backed enhanced energy and trade ties with Tehran, which is facing international sanctions.

Gilani said Pakistan is desirous of enhancing its bilateral relations with Iran, especially in energy and trade.

He said realisation of Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project will open new vistas of cooperation.

Gilani said "Pakistan wants to enhance trade relations with Iran," and stressed for increasing it up to five billion dollars, the APP reported. He said Pakistan supports peaceful use of nuclear technology by Iran.

Gilani expressed these views while talking to Iranian Vice President, Mohammad Javad Mohammadizadeh, as the two leaders met in Boao's seaside resort city on the sidelines of Boao Forum for Asia, to be held tomorrow.

He said Pakistan attaches great importance to its relations with Iran that is deep-rooted in the realms of history, culture and brotherhood.

"Pakistan is currently facing energy shortage," Gilani said, noting that the 1,000 MW electricity being supplied from Iran to Pakistan's Balochistan province, would prove helpful in overcoming the energy shortage. He called for joint Pak-Iran efforts to ensure a peaceful and prosperous region.

He suggested that the opening of Pakistan's consulate in Bandar Abbas would not only facilitate the people but would also reduce the road distance by 1,000 kilometres.

He said Pakistan wants to maintain good ties with its neighbours including Iran, Afghanistan, China and India and called for joint efforts for the stability in Afghanistan.

He said Iran had completed its work on Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline and urged Pakistan to expedite from its side.


First Published: Sunday, April 01, 2012, 20:02

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