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China says anti-pornography campaign shut down 60,000 websites

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(CNN) -- China's anti-pornography campaign shut down more than 60,000 pornographic websites this year, with police investigating almost 2,200 criminal cases, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported Thursday.

Wang Chen, director of the Information Office of the State Council, said at a news conference that some 350 million pieces of pornographic and indecent internet content were eliminated, according to the Xinhua report.

The government launched a special campaign a year ago to rid the internet of pornographic and vulgar content, Xinhua reported.

Overall, the campaign included 2,197 criminal cases involving 4,965 people who violated Chinese law by disseminating pornography via the internet or mobile phones, the news agency said. Of those, 58 people received prison sentences exceeding five years, the report said.

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Wang said the campaign had helped clean up the internet and would continue.

Xinhua reported that Wang's office has received more than 170,000 tip-offs this year, mostly about online or cellphone-based pornography, with 534 people getting rewards totaling 544,000 yuan (U.S. $81,964) for providing information.

Wang also said that 450 million people in China used the internet, a 20 percent increase over the previous year, according to Xinhua. That means that almost 34 percent of the Chinese population uses the internet, compared to a world average of 30 percent, Wang said at the news conference.

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China's anti-**** drive to run until May


(Reuters) - The Chinese government's latest campaign against pornography on the Internet and through mobile WAP sites will continue through May next year, with an emphasis on breaking the business that support the sites, the Xinhua news agency said on Wednesday.

An anti-pornography drive since last summer has also netted many sites with politically sensitive or even simply user-generated content, in what many see as an effort by the Chinese government to reassert control over new media and its potential for citizens sharing information and organizing.

The website of a Chinese-language newspaper, Singapore Press Holding's Lianhe Zaobao, was blocked this week in China after it ran an article about China's tightening controls on the Internet.

The government will draft regulations covering WAP sites, which provide Internet service for mobile phones, before March next year, Xinhua said, citing a statement from the central government office in charge of fighting illegal publications and pornography. The statement has not yet been publicly released.

During the campaign, the government will make it harder to register WAP sites and verify their registration information, the statement said.

It aimed to "crack the interest chain behind pornographic WAP sites," including third-party payment providers, and would clarify the responsibilities of websites, telecom firms, access providers and content providers to curb pornography, it said.

"If they do not take up proper actions, they will be held for the breach of duty. In those serious cases, the corporate representatives will be forced to apologies to the public and promise to correct their wrong-doings in public," the statement said, according to Xinhua.

It will also ban WAP sites from setting up an access authorization system to escape regulation, the statement said.

Widespread protests in Iran last summer alerted China to the potential for protesters and dissidents to use social media to spread their message.

China has banned Google's Youtube since March, when a Tibetan exile film documenting the injuries and death of a Tibetan protestor was published on the video sharing site.

It banned Twitter, Flickr and Facebook this summer, and last week revoked permission for Hong Kong-based Sun TV, owned by Hong Kong-listed Sun Television Cybernetworks Enterprise to air in the mainland.

In addition to pornography, the government says it is also targeting rampant piracy of entertainment content in China. It recently shut some Chinese sites popular for downloading music and movies.

The entire western region of Xinjiang, home to more than 19 million people, has been without Internet or international telephone access since deadly ethnic riots rent its capital, Urumqi, in July.

(Reporting by Lucy Hornby; Editing by Bill Tarrant)

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Personally I think this is a good thing. Studies shows that in cases of corrupt officials, 95% of them have women problems.

Recent years I've noticed that even on unrelated sites there have been proliferation of unsuitable adds or suggestive pop-ups. You might think I'm just a prude but these kind of things have deeper impact than they seem on surface.

There have been reports that strip shows have been organised in remote villages, where people from 10 to 60 openly watch! It seems to be some kind of organised efforts and authorities should be doing their part to crack down hard.

There are also worrying trends about moral standards of university students.

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I can not download high definition movies now for no sources by us search engines.
 

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:coffee: It only indicates that the attitude: "Chinese govt still does not support the sex industry."
Off **** sites, It is virtually impossible to eliminate **** transmission. Chinese govt knows that.
 

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:coffee: It only indicates that the attitude: "Chinese govt still does not support the sex industry."
Off **** sites, It is virtually impossible to eliminate **** transmission. Chinese govt knows that.
yes, it is not possible to block and stop it, if people want it, they can have it.
 

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yes, it is not possible to block and stop it, if people want it, they can have it.
I'm afraid you underestimate the Chinese govt. If Chinese govt really wants to ban it, I believe Chinese govt can do that. But he will be angered many Internet users.
So I said "Chinese govt only indicates that the attitude." It does not really wants to do that.
 

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**** is one of the largest industries in the world with revenue in the top 10!~!!!
 

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I'm afraid you underestimate the Chinese govt. If Chinese govt really wants to ban it, I believe Chinese govt can do that. But he will be angered many Internet users.
So I said "Chinese govt only indicates that the attitude." It does not really wants to that.

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I'm afraid you underestimate the Chinese govt. If Chinese govt really wants to ban it, I believe Chinese govt can do that. But he will be angered many Internet users.
So I said "Chinese govt only indicates that the attitude." It does not really wants to that.
i think they might be able to limit it to some extent, but people find other ways to have access to pornography, specially in this day and age.
 

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Pornography is bad, thats why I Switch it off every time I watch it :)
 

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