Source: BBC

The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences said there were were 41% fewer websites at the end of 2010 than a year earlier.

Chinese officials have tightened regulations on the internet in recent years, and they launched a crackdown on pornography websites in 2009.

The academy’s researcher said there was no link, insisting China had a “high level of freedom of online speech”.

Liu Ruisheng said that despite the declining number of sites, the number of web pages had risen to 60 billion during 2010 – a 79% increase on the previous year.

“This means our content is getting stronger, while our supervision is getting more strict and more regulated,” he said.

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