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China Shuts 598 Web Sites Due to Porn and Spam

Associated Press News Wire (
Fri, 30 Dec 2005 12:59:15 -0600

Chinese police have closed 598 Web sites in a crackdown on
pornography, along with online gambling, spam and fraud
which are growing, state media said Friday.

The latest crackdown, launched in March, led to 25 arrests, the China
Daily Newspaper said, citing figures from the Ministry of Public
Security. That figure was low compared with more than 500 people
arrested in a nationwide crackdown last year.

China has the world's second-largest population of Internet users
after the United States, with more than 100 million people online.

The communist government encourages Internet use for education and
business but has launched repeated campaigns to stamp out material
deemed obscene or subversive, including 'useless spam and fraud'.

In the heaviest reported sentence for online obscenity, a 20-year-old
Web site operator in eastern China was jailed in 2004 for 15 years for
selling downloads of sexually oriented movies.

Copyright 2005 The Associated Press.

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