China to have its own ver­sion of ’Wikipedia’

New Straits Times - - World -

BEI­JING: China is com­pil­ing a free on­line en­cy­clopae­dia to ri­val Wikipedia, but it will likely only give Bei­jing’s of­fi­cial ver­sion of sen­si­tive his­tor­i­cal events, and the pub­lic won’t be able to write or edit it. In­stead, schol­ars and ex­perts hand-picked by Bei­jing say only they will be able to make en­tries in ef­forts to con­trol information avail­able on the in­ter­net. The ef­fort to com­pile 300,000 en­tries is be­ing led by the rul­ing Com­mu­nist Party’s cen­tral pro­pa­ganda depart­ment.

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