China journalist held for Chongqing 'rumours'
BEIJING (AFP) - China has detained a journalist for "fabricating rumours", police said on Sunday after he made online accusations of wrongdoing against a former senior official in Chongqing, the megacity once headed by Bo Xilai.
Beijing has been stepping up controls on the country's freewheeling web users in recent weeks.
Police in the capital said the journalist with the News Express tabloid, whom they identified only by his surname Liu, "has been put under criminal detention according to the law for fabricating and spreading rumours".
"The case is under further investigation," they added on their verified account on China's Twitter-like weibo.