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China Launches Nationwide Internet Crackdown

China.com.cn, 1/05/09

Seven government departments and ministries including the State Council Information Office (SCIO), the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), the Ministry of Public Security, the Ministry of Culture, the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC), the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT), and the General Administration of Press and Publication (GAPP) have launched a nationwide campaign to crackdown on vulgar Internet content.

Deputy director for the SCIO, Cai Mingzhao, emphasized that the crackdown would adopt strong measures to control the growing trend towards vulgar content on the Internet and make efforts to further clean up online culture and protect the healthy development of youth, and the orderly development of the Internet.

Cai stated that not only did such content go against Chinese values of public morality, but also violated several Chinese laws. The crackdown calls on relevant government departments at each level across the county to strictly punish those involved in the online dissemination of pornographic and vulgar content and also aims to expose, punish and shutdown repeat offenders and those sites that have a strong negative influence on society. The campaign also calls upon the Internet Society of China and other industry associations to assist with the effort and encourage websites to make self-regulation pledges and publish healthy content.

Keywords: Cai Mingzhao GAPP Internet Internet Society of China MIIT Ministry of Culture Ministry of Public Security regulation SAIC SARFT State Council Information Office pornography

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