China effectively censoring media after Li Keqiang’s death

The Chinese Communist Party has ordered media platforms to look out for “overly effusive” remarks.

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former Chinese Premier Li Keqiang

BEIJING: China has ordered state-run and other social media accounts to refrain from over-praising the deceased ex-Premier Li Keqiang.

According to Al-Jazeera, the Chinese Communist Party has ordered media platforms to look out for “overly effusive” remarks.

Chinese ex-Premier Li Keqiang
Li Keqiang, 68, died of a heart attack

Orders were leaked

The government’s orders were leaked to China Digital Times, a Chinese news agency that shares censored material.

The agency said the media outlets are ordered to republish material by copying from “mainstream central outlets (Xinhua, CCTV, People’s Daily).”

Who was Li Keqiang?

Li Keqiang was a former premier of China who died recently of a heart attack.

Li stepped down from his post as the country’s second highest-ranking leader less than a year ago. He was considered a reformist by political analysts, whom the current Chinese leader sidelined.

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