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Ministry of Culture cracks down on criminal gang-themed online games
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15:01, July 28, 2009

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Recently, criminal gang-themed online games are spreading on certain websites. In response, China's Ministry of Culture officially issued a circular requiring each local department to immediately crack down on criminal gang-themed illegal online games.

Themes such as "sinister gang," "crime syndicate," "Mafia," "underworld," "godfather" and "hooligan" have been used in criminal gang-themed online games, highlighting antisocial behavior like beating, killing, robbing, raping, and cheating, romancing bloody violence, instigating users to play the role of "criminal syndicate" members in these games, and advocating such lives. These games have seriously threatened and distorted legal systems and moral rules and are very likely to have a harmful effect on teenagers.

This type of game violates relevant rules of the Interim Provisions on the Administration of Internet Culture, which prohibit content that advocates obscenity, gambling, violence or instigates crime and those that harm social ethics or our nation's tradition and culture. These games should be prohibited, investigated and punished in accordance with the law.

The Ministry of Culture demands that cultural departments and law enforcement agencies at all levels thoroughly carry out the special work to crack down on vulgar content on the Internet and intensively regulate the cultural market.

These departments and agencies are required to practically strengthen supervision on cultural activities on the Internet and heavily punish organizations that operate and promote illegal criminal gang-themed online games in accordance with the law.

The Internet cultural organizations also needs to promptly carry out self-examination and correction and immediately stop operating, promoting and associating with illegal online games that should be prohibited, investigated and punished.

By Peple's Daily Online



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