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Huffington Post: China Internet Censors Want To Prescreen Online Videos

Tue, 07/24/2012 - 00:00 -- Anonymous (not verified)
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The grip on Internet censorship in China is tightening. State broadcast and Internet regulators have put forth a new ruling that requires all programs to be prescreened before they are available online, adding onto an existing strict censorship that bans popular foreign websites such as YouTube. With China’s recent push to have greater control over the global Internet via the UN, their push for increased censorship within their own borders suggests a change might be coming for the pro-Internet community at large.

Article by Didi Tang:

BEIJING (AP) — China's broadcasting and Internet regulators have told Internet video providers that they must prescreen all programs before making them available, tightening state censorship of increasingly popular online drama series and mini-movies.

The new rule was issued jointly by the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) and the State Internet Information Office.

SARFT said this week in a statement on its website that the rule is in response to the rapid growth in online video programs, some of which it said contain vulgar content, excessive violence or pornography. It said the rule would protect younger people and promote high-quality online programs.

China has a long-standing practice of censoring traditional television programs and films, and it bans access to several popular foreign websites, including the video-sharing site YouTube. The government relies on domestic web service providers to scrub the Internet of what Beijing considers to be offensive content.

The government statement said online video providers should bear responsibility for web programs and must prescreen content before it is posted, though it did not offer specific standards or mention penalties. SARFT said government regulators will ensure that Internet video providers implement the rule. Read more >>

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