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The Chinese government has widened its crackdown on vulgar content found on the Internet

Shortly after confirming it launched a campaign to purge the internet of pornography and other lewd content, the Chinese government has banned at least 41 additional web sites for various reasons.

The online porn crackdown began more than one week ago, started by the State Council's Information Office and Public Security and Culture ministries, along with several other government agencies.  Nineteen Chinese web sites have been blacklisted, with Google.cn, Baidu and Microsoft MSN also on the list of temporarily banned web sites.

Pornography distribution is illegal in China, but the easy availability of internet has made it difficult for the government to limit access to adult content.

Google was also chastised by the Chinese government for not being proactive enough to block pornographic content in mainland China.  While Google and Baidu offer links to lewd content, MSN was accused of linking to inappropriate images on its film channel and pictures that can be found in other parts of the web site.

The government has already shut down around 100 web sites since the campaign's launch, and it's unknown how many more sites the government is expected to shut down during the oncoming weeks.  

Amnesty International and similar groups have criticized the Chinese government over its strong censorship practices, saying the internet crackdown is taking place ahead of several politically sensitive activities.

Despite the crackdown and censorship of the Internet, Chinese citizens continue to flock to the internet, as the country now has more than 300 million people using the internet.



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What they should really crackdown on....
By nah on 1/15/2009 8:43:24 AM , Rating: 3
# 1 Corrupt Communist officials

# 2 Pirates (virtual and real) and smugglers

# 3 Producers producing shoddy goods ( milk, pet food..need I go on)




RE: What they should really crackdown on....
By Bateluer on 1/15/2009 8:50:16 AM , Rating: 1
Doing this would bring down the Chinese government, as well as lead to a major global economic collapse.

Besides, why would the CCP want to surrender their hold on power? They're living the good life.


By Seemonkeyscanfly on 1/15/2009 11:59:57 AM , Rating: 2
So have the corrupt communist officials go after themselves?

For points 2 and 3, many do not realize the Chinese government owns a percentage of every business based in its boarder. So for virtual pirates (guess you mean the guys who illegally copy say window OS disks), well they pay some of there profits to the Chinese government. As, shoddy goods have been making them higher profits so their government is not going to say, cut profits so we have a smaller amount of profits to divvy up....

Though I do agree these are good problems to solve. However, as you probably already know, people who self govern themselves tend to get into trouble because they tend not to enforce rules or laws that will hurt themselves. This is one of the reasons why socialism and communism have always and will in future always fail. They last for small stretches of time but hard to find a county that lasted more then 100/150 years.


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