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New Internet Content Crackdown to Continue to September

China News, 1/23/08

Thirteen Chinese ministries conducted a video conference on January 22 to plan a crackdown on online pornography and other types of unhealthy content. The campaign, scheduled to run from January to September, will focus on online video, blogs, podcasts, Flash animations, P2P networks and mobile internet sites, as well as remotely and virtually hosted pornographic content, among other online vectors of harmful content. Also targeted are online payment platforms, mobile payment services and online advertising providing illegal revenue streams; websites carrying fraudulent material or enabling gambling or the sale of illegal goods, advertisement for illegal ";sex medicines,"; ads for fraudulent treatments for venereal diseases and other ";low-class, vulgar"; information, video-sharing websites transmitting movies and television series that have not gone through the appropriate review and approval process, and online sites and service providers that have refused to comply with investigations or provided fraudulent data.

The meeting concluded that before the end of January, all administrative bodies should take swift action, focusing on online video sites, blog/podcast providers and mobile video services, to completely eliminate pornographic, vulgar, and otherwise harmful content.

The 13 ministries involved in the campaign include the Publicity Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CCCPC), Supreme Court, Supreme People';s Procuratorate, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Information Industry (MII), Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Public Security, State Administration for Industry & Commerce, State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT), General Administration of Press and Publication (GAPP), State Council Information Office (SCIO), China Banking Regulatory Commission, and National Anti-Pornography and Anti-Piracy Office.

Keywords: regulation blogging WAP pornography online healthcare mobile phone TV mobile TV flash Internet mobile Internet mobile payment online advertising online payment online video P2P television Publicity Department CCCPC Supreme Court Supreme People’s Procuratorate Ministry of Education MII Ministry of Culture Ministry of Public Security SAIC SARFT GAPP State Council Information Office (SCIO) China Banking Regulatory Commission National Anti-Pornography and Anti-Piracy Office

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