China closes more than 60,000 sites for pornographic content

15:54, November 24, 2010      

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China has shut down more than 60,000 websites for carrying pornographic content as well as over 3,000 unregistered sites and punished 4,965 involved persons during a nationwide crackdown on obscene, pornography and vulgar information on the Internet and mobile media, the State Office of Anti-pornography and Anti-illegal Publications recently announced.

The crackdown, which lasted from Nov. 16, 2009 to the end of May 2010, was jointly conducted by nine central government agencies, including the State Council Information Office and the State Office of Anti-pornography and Anti-illegal Publications.

Governments at all levels had made fruitful efforts to fulfill their duties and implement directives from the central government since the launch of the crackdown, which greatly helped control the spread of pornographic content and clean up the Internet.

Statistics show that the crackdown launched an overall investigation regarding a total of nearly 1.8 million websites. It shut down a total of more than 60,000 websites carrying pornographic content and more than 3,000 unregistered websites.

It also dealt with a total of 2,197 cases regarding the dissemination of pornographic information on the Internet and through mobile media, and 1,773 administrative cases, and a total of 4,965 involved persons have been investigated and punished.

The Informant Center of the State Office of Anti-pornography and Anti-illegal Publications received a total of more than 160,000 relevant clues and paid a total of 526,000 yuan to reward the total 516 informants in six batches.

In addition, the other three major informant centers, namely the China Internet Illegal Information Reporting Center, the 12321 Negative and Spam Internet Information Reporting Center, and the Public Information Internet Security Reporting Web site also received a large number of reported clues.

By People's Daily Online


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