12 Feb '11, 6am

Chinese media stress need for stability in Egypt

Chinese media stress need for stability in Egypt

BEIJING - China's tightly-controlled media on Saturday reported news of Egypt's president yielding to massive protests, but glossed over details of the popular uprising and emphasised the need to restore order. Online discussion about the protests has been muffled since the turmoil began, in a sign that the unrest is worrying Beijing, which restricts content seen as a potential challenge to the legitimacy of the ruling Communist Party. Internet forums appeared firmly under the censors' control Saturday, while newspapers limited their coverage to the official Xinhua news agency's reports and avoided the underlying political factors and calls for democracy. "Social stability should be of overriding importance," the English-language China Daily said in an editorial, adding that protests calling for President Hosni Mubarak to go had caused "havoc" and disrupted people's daily ...

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