China instructs popular bloggers to ‘promote virtues’

Chinese Internet celebrities have been told to “promote virtues” by a leading official, state media said Sunday, after a singer sparked a free speech debate by venting about bombing government offices.

Beijing expects celebrities to “uphold law”, state news agency Xinhua reported the official as saying, after singer Wu Hongfei was released earlier this month following her detention by authorities over her online comments.

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She said she wanted to target Beijing’s housing authority and a neighbourhood committee, soon after a man set off a homemade device at the capital’s airport, citing grievances with local government.


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