China tightens grip on web news

Written by Brett Thomas

September 26, 2005 | 14:29

Tags: #censorship #email #prison

Companies: #china #yahoo

In a move that could only be considered an iron-fisted grab at information control, China has released a set of rules regarding news dissemination on the internet. The world of Chinese internet news will now be policed by the country's Ministry of Information Industry, who will assuredly "standardise the management of news and information" across the country.

The Ministry has stated that it will tolerate only "healthy and civilised news and information that is beneficial to the improvement of the quality of the nation, beneficial to its economic development and conducive to social progress."

Further controls have been put in place, including the government closing thousands of cybercafes in the country, which are the main method that most citizens access the internet, or play games, who can't afford a computer. The city of Shanghai has already implemented video surveillance and is now requiring citizens to register with their official ID cards when logging in at cybercafes within the city.

The government has also requested that personal sites and blogs be registered, threatening to shut down the ones that fail to comply.

You can read more at Yahoo! News, who seem to be paying back their karma for getting a dissident journalist thrown in a 10-year prison sentence for turning over his e-mail.

I won't even try to offer much comment on how unfortunate I think this is. You'll be able to read my view in our News Discussion forums, where we encourage you to post your own.
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