Chinese Leaders Propose New Internet Restrictions

Whether spooked by popular uprisings worldwide, a coming leadership transition at home or their own citizens’ increasingly provocative tastes, Communist leaders in China are proposing new limits on media and Internet freedoms that include some of the most restrictive measures in years. Party leaders signaled new curbs on China’s short-message, Twitter-like microblogs, an Internet sensation that has mushroomed in less than two years into a major — and difficult to control — source of whistle-blowing.