China vows to build a "green" Internet
Updated: 2004-08-12 21:20
China will improve its long-term mechanism to combat Internet pornography,
according to a senior official of the Ministry of Information Industry Thursday.
Xi Guohua, vice-minister of the Ministry, told Xinhua that the long-term
supervision mechanism should be improved for "combating the Internet porn
Fourteen ministries including the Ministry of Information Industry and the
Ministry of Public Security launched a nationwide campaign from July 16 to crack
down on pornographic websites.
Nearly 700 pornographic websites have been taken down in Beijing, Shanghai
and Chongqing municipalities and Liaoning and Guangdong provinces.
According to Xi, the Ministry will further its supervision on Internet
information security in several areas
The first one is to improve the means of supervision. On one side, the
ministry is preparing to set down new regulations to clarify who should be
responsible for each ring and the punishment if anyone violates the laws and
On the other hand, the Ministry is organizing experts to research an on-line
auto-reporting system and improve the information database based on searching IP
(Internet Protocols) addresses so as to fix the wanted information and the party
responsible for them as soon as possible.
The second aspect is to improve supervision of text message service
providers. Xi said the Ministry, together with the Ministry of Public Security
and the Information Office of the State Council, will set new regulations on
text message services to punish those who spread pornographic information via
The third aspect is to bring the role of the China Internet Association into
play and urge websites to be self-disciplined.
The fourth is to further the cooperation of related departments and
ministries to improve the long-term working mechanism. Xi said all the related
departments are expected to use their advantages to combat Internet