Authorities have shut down websites that have 'caused bad influence because of their improper management', Xinhua's website has reported. Photo: Xinhua

China shuts down 31 websites temporarily as crackdown on 'rumour mongers' continues

Sources say new moves have targeted only sites containing 'political rumours', while unnamed official blames people for spreading 'maliciously fabricated and circulated rumours'

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Authorities have shut down websites that have 'caused bad influence because of their improper management', Xinhua's website has reported. Photo: Xinhua
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