(BEIJING) -- Chinese censors have blocked Internet sites mentioning Jiang Zemin, after a story sprang up that the former leader had died.
The rumor that the 84-year-old passed away started last Friday after he did not appear at the 90th anniversary celebration of the Chinese Communist Party's founding. When the story began to catch fire, Jiang's name, along with words related to the rumor, were promptly blocked.
The Chinese government has suffered derision for its inability to control the numerous microblogging sites, like Sina.com, where users have devised loopholes to government's control over the Internet.
Jiang, who came to power as party secretary in 1989, is credited with opening up China's markets and reducing government control over businesses.
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