Chinese Government declares war on Internet pornography

By Derek Sooman on January 2, 2006, 10:52 AM
The Chinese Government has declared war on Internet pornography. For some time now, the Chinese regime has censored Internet content in order to prevent the distribution of politically subversive material. Now, the Chinese plan to expand that strategy to include Internet pornography as well.

According to a Chinese government official, 221 people have been arrested, and almost 600 web sites have been shut down since March in a crackdown on "obscene" Internet content.
Committed to crushing web sites that challenge government authority, or distribute content that the government considers to be detrimental to society, the Chinese Government has also recently expanded their surveillance to include mobile phone text messaging and other forms of communication.




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MonkeyMan said:
This is communism at an extreme level. Now I see why President Bush visited China, in an attempt to convert the Chinese, to develop a more democratic system of government and culture. The thing about this is, Pornography is a big part of the world economy, in that being said, it could be a big blow to China, from an economic standpoint.
Bartzy said:
Huh ?! Are we back to the 80's in the Cold War ?! Intercepting SMS messages, shutting down websites... All for what? Decline freedom of speech and expression ?I know China is a comunist country, but I thought they westernized in the last years.If someone builds a website against China's regime and I live outside of China, would they harm him in any way ? If so, I think it's an outrage.
otmakus said:
[b]Originally posted by Bartzy:[/b][quote]If someone builds a website against China's regime and I live outside of China, would they harm him in any way ? If so, I think it's an outrage.[/quote]No, they will just block the website from being accessed in China, or the government hackers will attack the website and make it impossible for anyone to access it. It's common practice in a country where SARS epidemic was kept as a secret from the world for almost a year. What I don't understand is why they start to crack down on pornography. Usually Chinese government is liberal to anything as long as it doesn't pose any threat to the government, and I don't think pornography poses any threat to Chinese government.
phantasm66 said:
The Chinese Government are not my favourate, no.
luismigilbert said:
i think chinese government should look other ways to prevent people looking for porn on the internet..maybe taxes or stuff like that...
Mictlantecuhtli said:
Could the media (including TS staff) stop using that war on this and that phrase?
PanicX said:
The War on Mictlantecuhtli TS free speech... DECLARED!
phantasm66 said:
[b]Originally posted by Mictlantecuhtli:[/b][quote]Could the media (including TS staff) stop using that war on this and that phrase?[/quote]I believe that this and the DVD format war are the only references. The use of "war" in this article was lifted from the source article. As regards the blu-ray vs HD DVD thing, calling it the "DVD format war" has now become an accepted way of refering to the situation in many corners of the Internet.Oh, and I can also do what the bloody hell I like. Well, within reason, that is.[Edited by phantasm66 on 2006-01-02 15:13:17]
mentaljedi said:
This is one advantage to communism... to parents. For us horny young adults its a blow to the forbidden areas. But the thing is, China is probably only doing this because most people see asian people as easy to get into bed if you know what i mean. And as they have oh what? 1 Billion people in their country, they want to show that these 1 billion people don't like anything to do with sex and are good little chinese people. Funny thin is, with the government hackign the westto destoy these websites, chinese are hacking into the west to stop them form being hacked if you knwow waht i oh forget it. I just find it funny thats all.
blue_dragon said:
It might have to do with the same politics. Who knows?Maybe some politician porn is on some sites..they might trying to hide a secrets..Who knows?
nathanskywalker said:
Wow, China did something good! Now most of you will probably disagree with me, but yes i am against communism, but porno is not free speech! it destroys people, recks marriages, and does worse things to people than i would care to say. Mabye the government shouldn't be the party to step in, but if it does for whatever reason, well good for them!
Kaleid said:
I see it just as another tool to further control people.
PanicX said:
[b]Originally posted by nathanskywalker:[/b][quote]Wow, China did something good! Now most of you will probably disagree with me, but yes i am against communism, but porno is not free speech! it destroys people, recks marriages, and does worse things to people than i would care to say. Mabye the government shouldn't be the party to step in, but if it does for whatever reason, well good for them![/quote][url=http://www.freespeechcoalition.com/dan_lin
.htm]You are indeed wrong.[/url]
otmakus said:
IMO, online porn is not as bad as online gambling. They should crack down on it too, along with websites which spread malwares, phishing, and spamming. Those websites are more "detrimental to society"
Mictlantecuhtli said:
[b]Originally posted by phantasm66:[/b][quote]Oh, and I can also do what the bloody hell I like. Well, within reason, that is.[/quote]:(It's war on me now?Seriously, I've noticed that it's almost always the US media who uses/declares war in their topics. Of course many others copy them.Oh well, maybe I'm just too peaceful.
mtyson8 said:
I dont think it destroys marrage, anyone who cheats off porn sites would cheat anyways. If you truly love your spouse no one, i mean no one could break you apart.
CrossFire851 said:
[b]Originally posted by mtyson8:[/b][quote]I dont think it destroys marrage, anyone who cheats off porn sites would cheat anyways. If you truly love your spouse no one, i mean no one could break you apart.[/quote]Ok now your sounding like a chick....
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