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China censors order downplaying of Iran protests. Via reader Charlie, the South China Morning Post reports:
Mainland censors yesterday ordered state media and internet sites to play down news about post-election protests in Iran and government crackdowns there, amid concerns the situation in Tehran may inspire protests and cause instability in a sensitive year.
There are also fears that Iranian protesters’ use of technology to circumvent government media controls may encourage mainlanders to follow suit.
Propaganda authorities issued an emergency notice last night urging newspapers and websites to reduce coverage on Iranian affairs and play down images of clashes between the protesters and government forces.
“[The notice] bans editors and columnists from criticising or commenting on the Iranian government’s latest measures to control the disorder,” a Guangzhou-based international news editor, who declined to be named, told the South China Morning Post