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Chinese police detain three for "causing worry" about bird flu

Published on Mar 5, 2014 11:09 PM

BEIJING (REUTERS) - Police in south-western China have detained two men and a woman for "causing concern and worry" about H7N9 bird flu, Chengdu city police department's official website said on Wednesday.

Chinese authorities are cracking down on "spreading rumours" which they say is necessary to preserve social stability and prevent false information from causing panic.

Rights advocates say the crackdown is an excuse to further limit free speech online.

The three detainees are accused of saying on WeChat messaging that bird flu had killed many people in their home city of Chengdu, a microblog on the police site said.

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