China restricting political websites amid scandal

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BEIJING (AP) ? China is ordering ultra-leftist websites to delete some content following the firing of a once high-flying official who promoted Mao Zedong-era songs and stories.

An administrator at the Utopia site said Wednesday that government agencies had ordered the removal of all articles about the city of Chongqing. The city’s former Communist Party secretary, Bo Xilai, who pushed a “Red Culture” campaign was removed from office last week.

Bo was ousted amid a scandal involving his police chief, although he is believed to have antagonized some in Beijing with his controversial policies and penchant for self-promotion.

Utopia and similar sites promote Mao’s achievements and argue against privatization of the economy and other Western-style reforms.