Posted by Jeremy Goldkorn on Monday, May 19, 2008 at 9:44 AM
Newspapers nationwide are using only black ink on their front pages, and the government has announced an official mourning period of three days, including asking for three minutes of silence at 2:28 pm today.
From The China Daily:
Apparently, gaming and entertainment websites have been ordered by at least some government departments to shut down or suspend operations for the next three days. Shanghaiist has more about this including a translation of an announcement about the mourning period for websites from the the government of Hefei, capital city of Anhui Province.
Update: Athough the China Daily article was vague about what constitutes "public amusements," other papers offer more detailed reports:
The Beijing Times reports that Beijing's Houhai bar district will be music-free for the next three days. KTV chains Melody and Party World shut down last night. The Ministry of Culture will patrol entertainment venues to ensure compliance.
The Xiaoxiang Morning Post reports that screens at cinemas across the country will remain dark for the mourning period. The province's television stations will replace normal broadcasts of TV series with special earthquake-related programming.
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