China: It’s all about porn-Inquirer

February 2, 2009

China pretends Web censorship all about porn
Like everyone else
Sylvie Barak
The Inquirer: January 24, 2009

http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/opinion/604/1050604/china-pretends-web-censorship-porn

THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT would have the world believe its Internet censorship is nothing more than an attempt to protect its youth from Pr0n and “vulgarity”, rather than a cynical yet highly effective way of crushing any political dissent.

Liu Zhengrong, deputy director of the State Council Information Office’s Internet Bureau, told press his country’s policy was, in fact, quite similar to US and European laws which took measures to protect kids from pornographic or harmful sites.

Of course, the fact political and anti party websites just happen to fall under the same umbrella as vulgar and pornographic websites is just an unfortunate coincidence, we’re sure. Especially in a year when China is being particularly oversensitive over the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, we wouldn’t want the Chinese to risk allowing any vulgarity to leak out.

With an absolutely straight face, Liu noted, “We fully realise that the crackdown on vulgar websites will be long-lasting, complicated and difficult,” adding “We will not abandon efforts to clean up the Internet environment under any circumstances.”

And if cleaning up the Internet involves censoring sites the communist party deems politically subversive, then, folks, get out your virtual Hoovers.

The zealous Chinese government has already closed down over 1,200 websites it isn’t keen on, including popular Chinese blogging site bullog.cn.

Bullog, unfortunately, had bloggers who unwisely signed a manifesto back in December calling for greater civil freedoms and elections in China, something, we assume, made it a site which, in Liu’s little red book, would “threaten the mental and physical health of youth and threaten to damage the healthy development of the Internet”.

Looks like, despite its proclaimed ‘good intentions’, China’s government has been caught red handed.

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