In this Nov. 12, 2010 photo, Chinese real estate mogul Ren Zhiqiang speaks at a press reception for his book on China's property market in Shanghai. (Chinatopix via AP)
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Chinese authorities Sunday shut down the social media accounts of a tycoon nicknamed "The Cannon" after he criticized the ruling Communist Party's tightening grip on the media.The move by the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) against Ren Zhiqiang came just over a week after President Xi Jinping visited state media and ordered them to follow the party line more closely.Ren, nicknamed "the Cannon" for his provocative opinions and blunt defenses of economic inequality, was the target of twin columns in the state-affiliated news portal Qianlong for questioning on social media whether public money should be spent on party propaganda.
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