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China detains man for selling 'false' reports to foreign website

Published on May 13, 2014 11:43 AM

BEIJING (REUTERS) - Police in Beijing have detained a man for selling and posting "fabricated information" to a foreign website, state media said on Tuesday, as China tightens its grip on the Internet ahead of the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown on pro-democracy protests.

Xiang Nanfu, 62, published "lots of false stories" on the website of the US-based Chinese news portal Boxun since 2009, the official Xinhua news agency said.

These included stories about the Chinese government having harvested organs from living people and burying them alive and police beating a pregnant woman to death in a land dispute, Xinhua said, citing police in the Chinese capital.

"Xiang's actions were instigated, and highly paid with US dollars, by a man surnamed Wei, who was in charge of the website," the agency said. "The false information has seriously misled the public and Internet users and denigrated the image of the state," it added, quoting police.

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