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Beijing Orders "Severe And Unusual" Media Censorship Of Alibaba Anti-Trust Probe

• Zero Hedge

Despite claims that China's richest man is alive and well and merely "laying low" (reminder - Jack Ma has not been seen in public since he made a speech criticizing the country's state-owned banks and financial regulators in October), speculation about his whereabouts grows as China's government has told the country's media to censor reporting on an antitrust probe into tech giant Alibaba.

The FT reports that at the end of December, the Chinese government's propaganda arm directed media outlets to "strictly invoke" the official line on the antitrust investigation into Alibaba and to "not make changes or engage in extended analysis without permission".

"If any company announcements oppose the official stance, do not publish, do not re-post, do not quote foreign media," the directive said, according to two people who read it.

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This silencing of the Ma debacle clearly indicates the sensitivity of this topic at the highest levels of Chinese politics and fits with hedge fund billionaire, and noted China hawk, Kyle Bass' view that Ma had outlived his usefulness, and that Beijing would never tolerate a billionaire with so much power and influence, both at home, and in the West.