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China launches renewed crackdown on porn

(Xinhua)

10:17, September 07, 2011

BEIJING, Sept. 6 (Xinhua) -- The government has kicked off a two-month campaign to crack down on pornography and obscene information, according to the National Office Against Pornographic and Illegal Publication.

"Despite previous crackdowns, pornography, especially that on compact discs, are showing a tendency to rebound as many sellers hawk porn videos right outside computer shopping malls. In some cities, even porns starring minors are available for sales, resulting in extremely serious harm to society," said a statement released Tuesday by the office.

According to the office, this campaign, lasting from Sept. 5 to Nov. 5, will focus on enterprises, stores, websites and vagabond merchants that are involved in the sale of porn disks in large cities.

The office noted that the supply chains for some websites have not been completely cut off, and an increasing number of illegal advertisements with obscene content are posted on porn websites.

During the campaign, local anti-porn offices are urged to cooperate with press and publication bureaus, police and other related local government departments in destroying workshops and cracking major cases.

Last month, the Ministry of Public Security announced that China and the United States jointly shut down a chain of pornographic websites, all of which were in Chinese and advertised to Chinese-speaking individuals in China, the U.S. and elsewhere.

Wang Yong, a key operator of porn websites, was arrested in the U.S. on June 23 by police, while in China more than 10 people suspected of maintaining the websites were detained.

China launched a special campaign in December 2009 against pornographic and vulgar content on the Internet, including the mobile Internet. More than 60,000 pornographic websites were shut in the first 11 months of last year.

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