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China tightens its grip on discourse, ideology

Microblogs shut for intellectuals; lawyers harassed

BEIJING — Chinese authorities have shut down or frozen the microblog accounts of several prominent liberal intellectuals and harassed rights lawyers lobbying against unofficial ‘‘black jails,’’ underlining the determination of the country’s new leadership to control dissent even as it vows to root out corruption.

The moves over the last few days occurred around the time officials announced that a senior official was being investigated for graft, months after a prominent journalist accused him of wrongdoing. The probe against Liu Tienan, deputy chairman of China’s economic planning agency, was heralded by the Chinese press as proof that the battle against corruption is best fought when authorities allow public participation.

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