China penalizes 62 websites for norm violations

March 20th, 2008 - 10:20 pm ICT by admin  

Beijing, March 20 (Xinhua) China Thursday named some 62 websites for violating regulations in broadcasting on-line audio and video programmes and said they will face penalties. The State Administration of Radio Film and Television (SARFT) said in a circular that these sites were found to have violated relevant regulations during a two-month inspection, which concluded on Feb 20.

They were punished for broadcasting obscene, fear-inspiring or violent content or programmes that might endanger national security and interests, or for offering such services without the required qualifications or certificates, the circular said.

The authorities banned 25 websites including the popular, from providing audio and video services as they had offered the services without authorization and had “frequently” broadcast illegal programmes.

Another 32 sites, including the well-known, were warned over minor violations such as airing illegal programs less frequently.

The cases of five others, which had no qualifications to provide audio and video services on-line but still did so, were transferred to telecommunications authorities, SARFT said.

Under new regulations, website operators must get a license before airing audio and video content.

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