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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, 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: 1/* aint bad...
By warrioryoko on 1/17/2009 11:32:16 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not see-sawing between agreeing and disagreeing with you, and I'm not agreeing with you that China is giving its men the "best chance".

Also, you're a moron.

RE: 1/* aint bad...
By Myg on 1/18/2009 6:08:00 AM , Rating: 2
Ouch; I hope you know that your name calling just undid any possible chance of actually being seen as reasonable and intelligent...


- Disagree

"Well, you're assertions are largely unfounded and specifically conditional regarding pornography, maturity and sexuality."

- Agree

"Pornography might stunt sexual/emotional growth in males if that were the only teacher they had about sexuality" [You accept that pornography has an influence, even if circomstancial, therefore agreeing with my premise that it leads/assists men's growth]

- Agree

"Taken to extremes, and used in the absense of a higher guiding principle, yes. Pornography does lend itself to a shallow view of sexuality and relationships, and to self-gratification independent of another persons' needs"

- Disagree

"Pornography does not cause this, single-handedly nor in part."

- Agree

"I don't defend what negative effects pornography may potentially have"

- Disagree

"Eliminating access to pornography will not raise a generation of men with a balanced and mature view of life and the opposite sex as you might like to believe it will"

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