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China has announced a new clampdown on websites accused of "threatening morals by spreading pornography and vulgarity" - including Baidu, Google and China's Ministry of Public Security and six other government agencies today launched a "nationwide campaign to clean up a vulgar current on the internet and named and …


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  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I was

    I was reading this article on the BBC a little while ago and thought "jeez, change a few words and you could mistake it for something NuLab would put forward," just add Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Sports and Culture instead of Public Defence and State Council Office.

  2. Anonymous Coward


    "They have used all kinds of ways to distribute content that is low-class, crude and even vulgar, gravely damaging mores on the internet."

    At last...Reg's comment pages get noticed by Goverment...

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Paris Hilton

    Removing 'Vulgar' content...

    Well there goes three quarters of the intrawebby then.

  4. Andrew

    Coming to a govenment near you

    If you listen carefully, you can hear Jacqui Smith rubbing her hands in anticipation.

  5. Anonymous Coward


    Like folkways? Wow. A word I didn't know. At first I got it confused with s'mores. The taboo/law context makes more sense though, and I declare the word to be cromulent.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Paris Hilton

    More information needed

    "named and exposed a large number"... where is this list... I'd like to peruse it for .. um .. 'research' purposes.

  7. adnim

    Please keep me safe.

    The Chinese government always do the right thing for their people. And our government need to latch on to these ideals as soon as possible, for I really do not have any sense of discrimination.

    I need and look forward to our government telling me what is right and wrong, what is just or unjust, what is good and what is bad and what I can and cannot do with regard to every aspect of my life. Even when their words contradict their actions they act in my best interests. They are my saviour, my spiritual and moral guardians, they can do no wrong. They will always nurture and support my subservience, they will keep me safe and warm.

    I trust them implicitly to control every facet of my life, as every man woman and child should do lest they fall into a pit of moral degeneracy.

  8. Luther Blissett

    Capitalist-roaders at the crossroads

    Luther would like to wish everyone in the PRC an auspicious and prosperous new year.

    It is going to be a difficult one. The dollar reserves, originally thought to be a good hedge, are looking increasingly like the wealth of Croesus. But the lessons of history are much closer to home. Current trading arrangements with the Yankee seem to have more than a superficial dialectical similarity to that of opium with the British - whereby you are damned if you do, and damned if you don't. (Suffer recession, or suffer inflation). Further, it would seem the Yankee will fight like a dog to preserve the arrangement, which does not advantage the People, either in the PRC or the USA. The CPC needs to think hard and well. It is of course no time to allow the spirit of the People to degenerate into decadence and narcissistic self-absorption.

  9. Anonymous Coward

    Tell you what...

    I'll support the Chinese blocking sites that seem to be "threatening morals by spreading pornography and vulgarity" when they stop their bloody internet users (including parts of the Chinese Government) spamming my websites with links for porn and dodgy pharmaceuticals. I get about 300 attempts a day by Chinese IPs to use my mail server to send spam.

    How can a country which seems to have such tight control over the internet apparently be also nothing but a large bot nest?

    Actually why not just take China (and Korea) off the internet totally which would make things better for all sides. They couldn't get corrupted and they couldn't spam the internet

  10. Anonymous Coward

    Polite applause

    <polite applause>

    well done me ol' China!

    </polite applause>

  11. Graham Marsden
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    Chinese Spokesman: We got the idea...

    ... from Nu Labour!

  12. Allan Dyer Silver badge

    @Christopher P. Martin

    cromulent? I need a new dictionary, mine has nothing between croissant and crone. Mores, however is an old word.

    @AC: No, it isn't bloody Chinese internet users sending you spam, it's the bots on their poorly-secured PCs. Haven't you noticed, the spam is in English, not Chinese, and, if you take up the offer, where does the money go? Millions of Chinese people have recently got broadband, and they have the average newbie's knowledge of security. Meanwhile, I'm getting tonnes of spam in Chinese sent from zombies in London via clueless ISPs in St Louis (well, not exclusively London & St Louis, but you get the idea).

    OK, all those who want to just disconnect the "worst" countries, I've got an easy solution: unplug your router. This is also, Green - think of the power savings.

  13. Moss Icely Spaceport

    Nineteeen (19)

    As many as 19 !!!!

  14. Beachhutman

    yeah, right

    With the UK police just about to start seriously abusing another new power, and remotely accessing your PC to go fishing for your evil anti-EU thoughts, child pron, or old album covers, the Brits, as One Might Say, are not really in a position to criticize the CCP.

    Because the Chinese government has spent 2 decades teaching schoolkids and students excellent IT and English language, the Great Fire Wall is increasingly risible in China, All the bright Young Things here know exactly what is going on, because they just casually noodle their way around or through the GFW. But it's really odd what the GFW TRIES to stop. Sometimes there's no apparent rhyme nor reason. Yet nearly all the Pro-EU, Pro-Nu Labour, and Left wing political blogs get through, even when they mention Dem**racy. (Unless they're on Wormpress or Tripepad. Then they are automatically evil, and proper steps are taken.)

  15. Displacement Activity

    Does someone at Google have a sense of humour?

    Fantastic. The Chinese think that Google's content is vulgar and damages public morality. Google scans the article, and decides to present us with an advertisement for...

    a dating website, with 3,810 photographs of Chinese babes, intent on fornicating with Westerners and relieving them of their hard-earned cash. You couldn't make it up.

  16. Sam

    How thoughtful and caring.

    "...harming the physical and mental health of youth and young people"

    Driving a fucking tank over them in Tienanmen Square is beneficial, then?

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