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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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RE: So What?
By Denithor on 1/15/2009 2:59:17 PM , Rating: 2
I just threw in tobacco because that's the model I would suggest they follow - legalize and tax the hell out of it. Beyond that you treat it like alcohol. If you show up for work drunk, you get fired. Driving high yields a DWI/DUI.

Release the quarter million or so people who are in jail because of only pot charges, thereby reducing the tax load significantly & prison overcrowding simultaneously.


RE: So What?
By foolsgambit11 on 1/15/2009 5:51:53 PM , Rating: 2
It's quick and easy to test if somebody is drunk. It's currently impossible, as far as I know, to test if somebody is stoned. You can do sobriety tests, I guess, but that's less reliable than a breathalizer-style test. Testing for marijuana will result in a positive for weeks after smoking it - well after the effects have worn off. Just a practical difficulty with legalizing pot.

To be clear, though, I'm all for decriminalization. But there are serious logistical hurdles that must be overcome to make it realistic.


“We do believe we have a moral responsibility to keep porn off the iPhone.” -- Steve Jobs

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