The Communist Party has upped the ante in the ideological campaign for a harmonious socialist society with the launch of a law and order news website. The party's Politics and Law Sub-committee and its main mouthpiece, Xinhua, unveiled website www.chinapeace.org.cn in Beijing yesterday, saying it was designed to promote social order and stability. The news portal provides news, policy overviews and case studies on law and order and comes as the party scrambles to reach out to an increasingly diversified society in the age of the internet. The vice-director of the party's Committee for Comprehensive Social Order, Gu Xiulian, said that the internet's free flow of information and borderless communication had a far-reaching impact on the way people lived. 'But the web is a platform we must seize to get the message across as it can serve as a bridge connecting with the masses,' Ms Gu said. But Zhan Jiang , a media analyst with the China Youth University for Political Sciences, cast doubt on the effectiveness of such an initiative 'because it can hardly stop itself from lecturing the public. And as a result, it's still some way from what the public really wants'. Time would tell how tolerant the government would be to diverse opinions amid efforts to build a harmonious society, he said. The authorities have been aggressively expanding their propaganda efforts, launching a major website in January as a gateway to the central government. At the same time, they have cracked down on dissenting voices and closed hundreds of liberal websites and online forums since the beginning of this year. Mr Zhan said the public now had fewer conduits to express grievances, but he hoped the government could be more open 'as a harmonious society should have a two-way communication allowing for diverse opinions'.