China – censorship, porn and jailing writers

China’s government said Wednesday that it was cracking down on “false news reports, unauthorized publications and bogus journalists.” … People’s Daily, the official voice of the Communist Party, said the party Central Committee’s propaganda department, the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television and the State Press and Publication Administration jointly warned that “those who intentionally fabricated news that caused public anxiety and tarnished the nation’s image would be harshly dealt with or even prosecuted if they broke the law.”
http://nytimes.com/2007/08/16/world/asia/16china.htmlAlso see:
Chinese Websites Punished For Publishing Porn
As a result of publishing pornographic novels, 348 websites in China have either been punished or will soon be punished. These websites have been accused of spreading 40 obscene novels that according to local media are harmful to teenagers’ minds and bodies and may lure them to commit deviant crimes.
http://www.chinatechnews.com/2007/08/16/5765-chinese-websites-punished-for-publishing-porn/
China jails Internet writer for subversion
A Chinese court jailed a dissident Internet writer for four years on subversion charges on Thursday for posting anti-government articles online, his disbarred lawyer said, the latest case in a government crackdown on dissent.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/internetNews/idUKPEK17915520070816 [Reuters]
http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2007/08/17/1186857753921.html [AFP]

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