China regulates for a sanitised web

November 2005


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).


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