After 23 years in operation, at 4:00 PM Hong Kong time on April 26 the Beijing-based Duowei News (a.k.a. Multidimensional News; Dwnews.com) portal was shut down and all content was removed from the website. In a surprise announcement, it stated: “The website and APP of Duowei News will bid farewell to all readers, due to the adjustments of the internal news business. Thank you for your company and attention over the years.”
Duowei News claims that the closure was due to adjustments in company operations. However, many analysts believe that Beijing forced its closure to safeguard Chinese President Xi Jinping’s power and authority from being challenged by the content published by Duowei News.
According to public documents, Duowei News was founded in 1999 by Ho Pin, an overseas Chinese media veteran, and was originally headquartered in New York. It was acquired by Hong Kong media mogul Yu Pun-hoi, founder of HK01.com, in 2009, and its headquarters were moved to Beijing. At the same time, it operated editorial offices in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Duowei News originally included Duowei Monthly, which was closed last year, and Duowei News Network. It is notable that although Duowei was headquartered in Beijing, it was not available in mainland China and was accessible only abroad.