"Because in Cyberspace, no one can hear you scream."
Tuesday, June 07, 2005
Commercial publishers and advertisers can face fines of up to 1 million yuan ($120,000) for failing to register, according to documents posted on the Web site of the Ministry of Information Industry...
"The Internet has profited many people but it also has brought many problems, such as sex, violence and feudal superstitions and other harmful information that has seriously poisoned people's spirits," the MII Web site said in explaining the rules, which were quietly introduced in March.
Ironic that a regime that controls nearly 100% of the media seeks "big brother" status amongst what is published in the blogosphere as well? China currently has almost 90 million internet users (second only to the United States) of which many would be unable to even publish a blog site if it were not for such tools like Hello (for Blogger) and other software applications. The fact that China is seeking "moral grounds" to implement control (although human rights abuses are not exactly moral) is probably an indicator that it seeks to crack down on dissenters before the 2008 Olympics begin.
"Those who continue to publish under their real names on sites hosted in China will either have to avoid political subjects or just relay the Communist Party's propaganda," the rights group said. "This decision will enable those in power to control online news and information much more effectively."
It appears that China is also requiring those who desire to use internet cafe's to register under their own name using ID cards which will make it easier for the government to track what their citizens are reading online. In a land of a billion people, freedom is being outlawed, and only the outlaws will be free. Sad.
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