Government wants stricter controls on web use

2 Mar 2005

The Chinese government is planning to introduce tighter controls on internet use, with online ‘security guards’ employed to monitor chat rooms and web forums. A report from the Xinhua news agency says authorities are concerned that the internet could be used to spread subversive or politically sensitive material. The report says: “Any messages submitted by internet users will go through rigid censoring and filtering before appearing.” Qin Rui, deputy director of China’s Public Information and Internet Security Supervision Bureau commented: “Some messages on the internet are sent by those with ulterior motives,” but did not elaborate. China is expected to have 120 million internet users by the end of this year.