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Press Rights Group Says Chinese Online Encyclopedia Shut Down, Fearing Censorship


The international media freedom group, Reporters Without Borders, says a popular Internet encyclopedia based in China has closed down because of fears of Chinese control over online publications.

Reporters Without Borders said in a statement this week that the editor of e-Wiki, whose name was not given, closed down his publication to avoid problems for his contributors. E-Wiki was the Chinese version of Wikipedia, an online encyclopedia written and edited by Internet users.

China has blocked the original Wikipedia.

The media group said e-Wiki shut down last month, after publishing an article on rights activist James Lung that described him as close to the Falun Gong spiritual movement banned in China. It also said an article on Taiwan called the island "the Republic of China," a name that China does not accept.