277 illegal websites closed down in China in last 11 days

January 16th, 2009 - 6:44 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Jan 16 (ANI): An eye-opening report revealed that China’’s Internet authorities have closed a total of 277 websites, alleged to contain pornography, within last 11 days.

The campaign has extended to cell phone games, online novels, videos and radio programs, reports China Daily.

Approximately 145 websites allegedly running illegal advertisements for sex-related drugs and treatments have been penalized, while more than 200 cases of obscene cell phone games and novels have been dealt with.

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has urged all telecommunications companies to strengthen management of basic operations and cooperate with the government on the crackdown.

A principal of the Special Operation Office for the Crackdown on Online Porn and Lewd Content said, the crackdown was not “flash in the pan”, and it would be followed up with more activities.

The State Councils Information Office, Ministry of Public Security and Ministry of Culture and four other government agencies launched the campaign on January 5.

Public distribution of pornography is illegal in China. Previously, the country had blacklisted 50 websites, including search engines Google, Baidu and MSN China, which were accused of providing obscene content and of being slow to delete erotic materials. (ANI)

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