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China’s Communist Party publicity department set up a “virtual news blackout” on a July 23 train crash, the New York Times reported.

As a result, newspapers had to re-do newspaper editions and substitute “cartoons or unrelated features” where stories on the crash had been planned.

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For example, The 21st Century Business Herald and China Business Journal “tore up” articles on the train crash. Hong Kong’s journalist association “protested” the censorship, according to the Times.

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