Monday, November 01, 2004

China, internet and censorship

According to this news story, China has shut down 1.600 Cybercafes since May. In Norway, that would be a huge number, but it is out of 1,8 million Cybercafes checked. It is slightly less than one in thousand. A larger number, 18.000, have been shut down for "rectification" and will (may?) reopen.

I am actually a little positively surprised by this. I'd have thought the Chinese would have been able to find a lot more cafes making available "violent or pornographic content, and other material it considers harmful to public morality." Seems like "harmful to public morality" isn't that strict after all. Or, perhaps the 1.780.400 other cafes are really conformist and really boring.

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