China allows registration of bribery-exposing websites

August 10th, 2011 - 12:39 am ICT by IANS  

Beijing, Aug 9 (IANS) Websites that report bribery cases staged a comeback in China ending a month-long limbo due to uncertainties about their legal status, a media report said Tuesday.

The websites resumed services in mid-July after they were allowed to register with the internet regulatory authorities, the China Daily reported.

“I was a surprised that its registration could be approved,” said Xiaoxiaosheng, founder of one of the first bribery-exposing websites, who wanted to keep his website low-key and only be identified by his online nickname.

Chinese laws require all Internet content providers in China to register their websites with the local communication management bureaus. Websites that fail to get permission from the authorities will be forced offline.

Xiaoxiaosheng said he did not had too much hope after his website was forced to shut down in June because of lack of registration. It was allowed to register July 14, about a month after its launch.

Chen Hong, founder of a similar website, said his web portal allowed to register June 24.

In June, “I-made-a bribe” websites burgeoned in China, inspired by an Indian website called “I-paid-a-bribe”.

Like the Indian website, the Chinese websites provided an online space for Internet users to share their experiences of giving bribes in daily life.

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