Skip to comments.China shuts down 47,000 'harmful' internet cafes
Posted on 03/03/2005 4:38:06 AM PST by Crackingham
China has closed 47,000 internet cafes in a campaign aimed at creating a more "wholesome environment" for children.
The countrys leaders encourage internet use for business and education, but have expressed growing concern that it gives children access to violent or sexually explicit material, and have tried to block online criticism of their Communist rule.
The cafes closed in the crackdown had been "admitting minors and engaged in dissemination of harmful cultural information", the Communist Party newspaper Peoples Daily said on its website.
About 21,000 of the closed cafes might be allowed to reopen after making unspecified changes. It said the business licences of 2131 were revoked.
China has the worlds second-largest number of internet users after the United States, with 87 million people online.
The government said in October that it had detained 445 people for operating websites deemed pornographic, and fined internet cafe operators a total of 100 million yuan (£6.2 million) for letting children play violent games.
Well, people should have the freedom to look at whatever the hell they want on the internet, but I agree with preventing children from looking at sexually explicit and violent material (I know in China "explicit" also means anti-communist propoganda). At least they have half-good intentions with regard to censorship.
Oh sure, and this is the same COMMUNIST China that thinks there should be GLOBAL control of the Internet, because they think the U.S. is too dominant.
The U.S. Government may not have a perfect track record, but they've never shut down 47,000 websites or censored access as do the Imperial Masters of Beijing.
Some of the Chinese who are using the Internet Cafe's are writing BLOGS which are anti-current-government and tell what's really going on. Many are in Chinese. Some add photos so you can see what's going on.
Don't ask me to give you any blog-names, though, I was surfing and didn't save any of them.
Highly Opinionated and glad I live in the USofA.
China's own FCC. The "decency" squads should be very pleased.
Baloney! They want a wholesome enviornment for the Communist Party to enforce iron control on the people.
They also want to have international control of the Internet as a whole.
All of these bleatings are efforts to maintain political control, which the free exchange of information on the internet works against.
Move to China.
Decency squads in China can also be read as "bullet in the head" squads.
Well as pointed out, it's "for the children". ;-)
All of these bleatings are efforts to maintain political control, which the free exchange of information on the internet works against.Capitalism can thrive for a time under a totalitarian system, but only for a time. Just look at France...
China's Patriot Act.
Pretending to go after pornography for the sake of "the children" is a ruse for censoring anything or anyone who is a threat to the government.
This is the kind of thing Hillary will want to do.
dang I went on a tour of china a few years ago, I posted to FR from Suzhou...where Marco Polo hung out for a while.
The town also had $1 DVDs...complete with the covers. However, for all the movies, they had just copied and pasted snoyosi from random movies...the cover art was right, but the descriptions were for other movies!
That's what they're SAYING...but, we know the true reasons for this...they don't want their people reading about the Regime from "non-approved" sources.
Reunification of Tiawan and China? Sure, once they're both democracies and their respective citizens vote for it.
Might as well add red China to the end of the line of dominos.
I'd love to hear PRESIDENT Bush call for a democratic China...I bet he talks about it behind closed doors often and alot. Probably waiting for the Mideast to cool off before he drops this bomb..
Actually, their intentions are to keep the people from being free.
China has no freedom to speak of in actuality, yet some would have us believe they are more free than us.
They are trying to keep people from getting it in their heads to overthrow the current government in China.
The idea of freedom is contagious, and their government knows this.
Their intentions are not even 'half' good.
Chinse governments's greatest fear: its own population.
They want nothing but the party line on their internet sites; the truth hurts.
If the concern was really pornography, they could require the internet cafes to check indentification and allow those underage to use only computers that had (readily available here) parental-type controls that block porn sites.
It is a parent's perogative to control what their children read and/or surf, not the state's. Time, place and manner restrictions (i.e. not on prime time broadcast, cable only) are fine, censorship is not.
Failure to understand this point makes one an authoritarian. No thanks.
Tell that to Chinese Christians and the Falun Gong movement.
Read post 2.
You're right about some people laying out the propaganda that China is free.
The MSM and globalists like to grind out the spin that the Chinese people are "free" because they have a choice of buying a cell phone from four different manufacturers. That's not freedom; it's market choice. Diners in Nazi Germany, I'm sure, could order their weiner schnitzel baked one of four different ways.
I was amazed how ignorant Chinese students are of their history. I showed them a copy of the Tao Te Ching wrtitten in Chinese. They were amazed by the book. None had seen it before. I don't know if it's true for the Chinese citizen in general, but for this group they had no clue of their history before communism.
Tiannemen(spelling?) Square was by students demanding freedom.
And they were crushed.
All I have to say to get the "China is free" idiots to turn red and scream is mention that incident.
Quite telling actually.
China is pretty much taught that their history matters oly if it relates to communism.
Everything before Mao's 'long march' isn't 'important to know.'
Or it at least appears that way.
Bull. Child porn is censored.
It is a parent's perogative to control what their children read and/or surf, not the state's.
The State should not allow people to push illegal material at children. Parents shouldn't have to raise their kids in a closet just because perverts want unfettered access to children.
This is China we're talking about, where freedom doesn't exist.
See post 2.
The UN was preparing to do exactly this in the 80's.
It was the last straw that made The Gipper pull us out of UNESCO.
are you related to Pegleg McFrog ?
What a broad statement. Hmm...
Tiananmen was organized without the aid of the internet or celluar phones and tens of thousands protested. Just imagine how widespread and organized similar demonstrations could be what's available now? That's what the Chines Politburea fears.
I thought I noticed the Hyjal server in World of Warcraft was a little less crowded. This must be the reason.
Exactly the point.
Chat rooms are restricted over there if I recall correctly.
Methods of organizing are kept under government supervision.
If a group could begin a 'counter-revolution' the repressive government would be out on their keysters.
Std appeall of the stinkin' communists.
Liberals LOVE China, so I wonder if they will also support this censorshop attempt.
"...aimed at creating a more "wholesome environment" for children."
You are correct. When I lived in China, little 14-year-olds constantly bragged about how easy it was to access hard porn. It's not about the morals at all.
If China cared about its children, then it wouldn't force abortions and allow the situation which is shaping up where there are too many men and not enough women.
Better short porn and gambling stocks pronto!
If the Red commies were concerned about children accessing "porn" they would have installed filters by now. All about mind control...nothing more.
I think we know what is going on here.....
China has a problem, and it is not going to get better. They will just move it underground. People will be free.
Another insight into the ChiComs control problems, the Big Domino may be tilting.
It is sad how many companies have kissed the CCP's butts on the issue. Take a look at jriemer's post (28) - they nailed it when it comes for the real reason the party fears a free internet.
Child porn is illegal because it can only be made using children, with whom sexual activity is illegal because the children are deemed unable to meaningfully consent.
(I'm not defending any pornography morally, and am all for boycotting and other non-state ways of dealing with pornographers).
As for your second point, pushing illegal material at children, that is covered under the ruberic of "time, place, and manner" restrictions, which I support.
There is no need to raise your children in a closet without actual state censorship.