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People’s Daily editorials signal harsher internet regulation in China


An internet cafe in Changsha

An internet cafe in Changsha

Chinese Communist Party mouthpiece the People’s Daily meted out harshly worded front-page editorials about internet regulation on Friday, Thursday and Tuesday this week, a move that might signal the party’s new campaign to impose further controls on the nation’s already heavily censored internet, especially its booming social media community.

In Friday’s editorial titled “The internet is safer and more convenient under regulation”, the author maintained that “rumours’ and “slanders” like the Doomsday tale will cause harm to individuals, society and the country.

“It is the civilians’ wish that the chaotic internet be regulated,” said the editorial.

The editorial further argued that internet regulation will not compromise freedom of speech. Instead, it will stimulate civilised communication, promote online business and guarantee a safer environment.

The editorial arrived at the conclusion that “our life online will be more convenient once our internet management is more scientific, effective and standard.”

In Thursday’s editorial titled “Internet needs to operate under law”, the author claimed: “while the US drafted computer system laws in 1977, Japan has adopted indirect real-name system, and Germany also blocks illegal websites.”

Another heavy-weight mouthpiece the Guangming Daily, published by the Publicity Department of the CCP Central Committee, ran a front-page editorial on Friday titled “Experts call for internet regulation for a healthy and orderly environment”.

On China’s micro-blogging service Sina Weibo, the People’s Daily’s editorial drew angry responses from netizens.

“Regulating rumours? But who are the biggest rumour makers in China?” said one Weibo user.

“Talking about rule of law, what happened to our constitutional rights of free speech and demonstration?” said another Weibo user.

China’s internet is heavily censored by the government. Internet users rely on VPNs, or virtual private networks, to circumvent firewalls in order to use websites including Facebook and Twitter.

The Chinese government has also blocked access to both the English-language and Chinese-language websites of The New York Times after it published an investigative report on Premier Wen Jiabao’s family wealth in October.

Source: SCMP “People’s Daily editorials signal harsher internet regulation”
 
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