The Chinese State Council Information Bureau and Ministry of Industry and Information have issued new restrictions on Chinese websites. All Chinese websites are now prevented from putting out news that:
- violates the basic principles of the Chinese constitution
- endangers national security, leaks national secrets, seeks to overthrow the government or endangers the unification of the country
- destroys the country’s reputation and benefits
- arouses national feelings of hatred, racism, and endangers racial unification
- violates national policies on religion, promotes the propaganda of sects and superstition
- diffuses rumours, endangers public order and creates social uncertainty
- diffuses information that is pornographic, violent, terrorist or linked to gambling
- libels or harms people’s reputation, violates people’s legal rights
- includes illegal information bounded by law and administrative rules.
Websites also have to conform with the following provisions:
- It is forbidden to encourage illegal gatherings, strikes, etc to create public disorder
- It is forbidden to organise activities under illegal social associations or organisations
Websites that break these new rules will be shut down and those running them will have to pay a fine that could reach 30,000 yuans (3,000 euros).