Wednesday, March 14, 2007

China to expand "Great Internet Firewall"

China to expand "Great Internet Firewall"

Chinese government, which has long maintained strict controls over traditional media, have this year ramped up a campaign to combat the rising influence of the Internet.

"Whether we can cope with the Internet is a matter that affects the development of socialist culture, the security of information and the stability of the state," Hu said in January as he called for the medium to be "purified."

Aside from the new regulations, the central government also announced this month it would not allow any new Internet cafes to be registered this year.

Experts say 30,000-40,000 Internet police are also employed to implement the country's extensive Internet censorship system, known as the "Great Firewall of China."

Media watchdog Reporters Without Borders labels China's government an "enemy of the Internet." It said last month that 52 people were languishing in Chinese jails for online activities deemed inappropriate by authorities.

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