China winning war on Internet pornography
Updated: 2005-12-29 19:00
China is winning the war on Internet pornography but it
will be hard to eradicate entirely as many Web sites are based outside of the
country, a senior police official said on Thursday.
Soldiers surf the Internet in an army base in
Huaibei, in eastern China's Anhui province, April 14, 2005.
Regulations also target sites that publish fabricated information and content
deemed to harm national security.
"The spread of Web sites that involve pornography has been bought under
effective control," Zhao Shiqiang, vice head of the Ministry of Public
Security's Internet security and supervision bureau, told a news conference.
Police had detained 221 people and shut down almost 600 domestic pornographic
Web sites as of the end of November, Zhao said.
"Due to the specialized nature of Internet technology, there are still some
places where pornography exists," he added. "Harmful information on overseas
sites can still be transmitted internally, and a minority of people try to use
the Web to carry out illegal activities."
China has been taking aim at violent Web-based games as well as spam, fraud
An average of 60 million spam e-mails are sent every day in China, according
to security ministry figures.
They also banned posts that
"instigate illegal gatherings, formation of associations, marches, demonstrations, or disturb social order," .