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Crackdown aims to wipe out porn databases

PUBLISHED : Monday, 28 May, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 28 May, 2007, 12:00am

Mainland officials will launch a month-long crackdown on online pornography and obscene mobile phone messages, deputy minister of public security Zhang Xinfeng said.


Mr Zhang told Xinhua police at all levels would spend the whole of next month focusing on wiping out pornographic information from online databases, point-to-point sites and networks that hosted mobile phone messages.


Authorities overseeing telecommunications will be mobilised to supervise internet service providers in uncovering and stopping the transmission of pornographic content and reporting it to police.


Virtual space providers and server hosts that fail to comply will be punished, according to Mr Zhang.


The campaign follows an online purge conducted by 10 authorities, including the Ministry of Public Security and the Central Party Committee Propaganda Department, which saw more than 270 people detained.


Ministry of Public Security figures showed that in the month-long campaign that began on April 12, 4,800 porn sites or channels were closed and more than 160,000 pieces of 'harmful' information, including 90,000 that were pornographic, were deleted.


Police are also investigating 1,170 cases involving online pornography and have solved 244 such cases, the report said.


'The amount of obscene and pornographic information on the internet has dramatically decreased since the crackdown, but pornographic material on mainland websites and sources from overseas websites have not been blocked,' Mr Zhang said.


'Now, mainland pornographic materials are mostly loaded onto small websites, chat rooms, point-to-point websites and internet content providers specifically targeting mobile phones.'


He said past cases showed more than 90 per cent of obscene movies and images came from overseas websites.


Mr Zhang said he hoped the cases solved by police next month would wipe out gangs committing online crimes and intimidating others.


So-called virtual police in nine cities received more than 20,000 tips in the previous campaign and will gradually be spread to the whole country.


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