China Starts New Bureau to Curb Web
Posted in: Censorship at 17/04/2010 16:32
China has quietly formed a new bureau expected to help to police social networking sites and other user-driven forums on the Internet, which are proving harder for the government to monitor and control than ordinary news portals.
The new bureau marks the latest outgrowth to a morass of agencies tasked with regulating online business and communications in China. People informed of the expansion say the authorities are retooling their media apparatus to deepen their leverage over the Web, and regulators are jostling for the growing power and privilege at stake.
Three jailed in China over internet campaign for justice
A court in China has jailed three people who posted material on the internet to help an illiterate woman press authorities to reinvestigate her daughter's death.
The court in southern Fuzhou city jailed self-taught legal expert Fan Yanqiong for two years, and You Jingyou and Wu Huaying to one year for defamation, You's lawyer, Liu Xiaoyuan, said. The court did not name individuals allegedly defamed, saying instead that it was a matter that seriously affected the interest of the state.