BEIJING, April 12 (Xinhua) -- The Ministry of Public
Security (MPS), along with nine other government departments, announced the
launching of a campaign here Thursday to restrict the spread of pornography on
the Internet in China.
"The boom of pornographic content on the Internet has
contaminated cyberspace and perverted China's young minds." said Zhang Xinfeng,
vice minister of MPS.
In the next six months, Zhang said, the ministries
will crack down on illegal on-line activities such as distributing pornographic
materials and organizing cyber strip shows, and purge the web of
sexually-explicit images, stories, and audio and video clips.
The campaign will also target on illegal on-line
lotteries and contraband trade, fraud, and "content that spreads rumors and is
of a slanderous nature", said Zhang.
In Nov. 2006, Chinese police cracked the largest
pornographic website in the country and arrested the creator Chen Hui, who was
later sentenced to life imprisonment.
The website Chen started contained more than nine
million pornographic images and articles and it had attracted more than 600,000
"The inflow of pornographic materials from abroad and
lax domestic control are to blame for the existing problems in China's
cyberspace," Zhang said.
China has roughly 123 million Internet users, most of
whom are young people. The Chinese government believes they need to be protected
from negative on-line influences.
A report by the Beijing Reformatory for Juvenile
Delinquents said 33.5 percent of its detainees were influenced by violent
on-line games or erotic websites when they committed crimes such as robbery and