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[AFP] - A top Chinese government official has urged authorities to be "more forceful" in the way they manage the web, state media said, as Beijing tries to tighten online controls over fears of social unrest. Wang Chen, head of the State Internet Information Office -- a government body set up this year to supervise online content -- also urged officials to use the web to "guide public opinion and promote positive social values".
New York Times - Political censorship in this authoritarian state has long been heavy-handed. But for years, the Communist Party has tolerated a creeping liberalization in popular culture, tacitly allowing everything from popular knockoffs of “American Idol”-style talent shows to freewheeling microblogs that let media groups prosper and let people blow off steam.