CHINA CRACKS DOWN ON TOP HONG KONG NEWSPAPER

Chinese social media accounts of the South China Morning Post (SCMP) have been suspended, and the media group's news websites were also blocked in China

By: Jethro Mullen | CNN - MARCH 10, 2016

China Cracks Down on Top Hong Kong Newspaper

Billionaire Jack Ma’s favorite Hong Kong newspaper appears to have become the latest victim of China’s crackdown on the media.

The Chinese social media accounts of the South China Morning Post (SCMP) have been suspended, and the media group’s news websites were also blocked in China on Thursday.

Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce giant founded by Ma, said in December that it was buying the SCMP, Hong Kong’s leading English-language newspaper.

The takeover raised fears that mainland Chinese ownership of the paper would result in its reporting becoming more closely aligned with official Beijing views.

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