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China Silences ‘The Cannon,’ Others Speak Out

China has shut down the social media accounts of outspoken real estate tycoon Ren Zhiqiang after he dared to openly criticize communist party leader Xi Jinping and recent efforts to further tighten already stifling media controls. But just as authorities moved in to silence Ren – who is also known as ‘The Cannon’ – others continued to speak out. China’s cyberspace watchdog said it ordered social media microblog portals such as and to close Ren Zhiqiang’s accounts,...

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