Friday, August 10, 2007

The Secret Of Internet Censorship In China

As we know, whether blog or forum is censored in China, people can not say anything in China. What can be said, and what can not be said is a question for all of us, today, I will introduce some of the legal basis in China: "Computer Information Network and Internet Security, Protection and Management Regulations"

The management regulations is approved by the State Council of China on December 11 1997 and promulgated by the Ministry of Public Security of China on December 30, 1997. This is a legal basis. In that regulations, a detailed definition of "harmful information" the specific meaning, publishing "harmful information" is forbidden. Then what is the "harmful information"?

According to the Section Five of the Act provides that no individual may use the Internet to create, replicate, retrieve, or spread the following kinds of information:

(1) Inciting to resist or breaking the Constitution or laws or the implementation of administrative regulations;

(2) Inciting to overthrow the government or the socialist system;

(3) Inciting division of the country, harming national unification;

(4) Inciting hatred or discrimination among nationalities or harming the unity of the nationalities;

(5) Making falsehoods or distorting the truth, spreading rumors, destroying the order of society;

(6) Promoting feudal superstitions, sexually suggestive material, gambling, violence, murder,

(7) Terrorism or inciting others to criminal activity; openly insulting other people or distorting the truth to slander people;

(8) Injuring the reputation of state organs;

(9) Other activities against the Constitution, laws or administrative regulations.

Evidently, these nine categories of information is harmful information. I think, in one word, any threat to social stability statements are "harmful information". Anyone want to publishing "harmful information" is illegal. This is the so-called "Internet censorship in China", If you knew about this, you will be able to understand those weird things in China's cyberspace.

Sources:William Long: The internet censership's law basis  (Chinese)

27 comments:

  1. be careful to avoid being censored by GFW........

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  2. Could u introduce us the Internet censorship in other countries ? Let's cheak out how many distinguish between them and that old nation .

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  3. Hmm...fairly insightful thoughts. William found a loophole in the law and quoted it. But It does not work at all. the law is just a paper inked with some formulaic words. We have to admit China is really a special land where any odd things can occur. In China, the governing party always try to marshal any resources it can to keep its tight grip on what can be exposed safely to China Internet users. The politikal power has permeated into cyberspace. Cyberpolices can remove anything which is said to be threat to a harmonious society according to their own rules. Pathetically, the constitution and laws are nothing but puppets for the decision-makers to police the country. Looks like we are experiencing the scenario in 1984 the novel.
    We admit information filtering is in some ways good for people, but we have the sacred rights to know what the truth is. Turns out, in fact,we've deprived of our rights to know about the truth. It seems like we are living in a cocoon where the government eliminates all harmful information and builds an information vacuum. That's probably the formidable power of the politikal juggernaut. Should we own the government a true debt or we hate it?
    I know much little about politiks, but there are nothing politikal out there in China. Anything could be politikized. In a country where the politikal power overrides anything, it's no wonder all kinds of antics are on the stage.
    PS: It should have been recommended highly GFW is picked up as Top 1 in New7Wonder.

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  4. I think that the wall will trace the link to your site soon. You know, English words are easier for analysis by the gov's search engine.

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  5. I think this blog will be blocked soon

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  6. Your English is god-damn ameteur.

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  7. Okay, I finally realize that you are playing with wp , hahah ,cong~~

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  8. It seems that the law itself is not the most important.Instead,the government judge the behavior by their own standard.

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  9. BSPs need rules, but individual bloggers are under GFW : (

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  10. It seems as if an image of your Chinese blog, at least the 1st article.

    And I think what u told both in Ch or En were surely right and with no fare of being blocked-- actually they're indentical to the law and thoughts. Thus, I felt bit funny of what they said above

    U think a lot and write well, and I wish u insist on, btw, maybe the En version can spread something different from the Ch one.

    Wish u good luck~

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  11. congratulations,i am a chinese blogger too,i see your chinese blog almost every day.

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  12. [...] and Internet Security, Protection and Management Regulations, which has a very clear definition of “harmful information”. Share [...]

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  13. You got one wrong:

    What can be said, and what can not be say is a question for all of us

    what can be said, and what can not be said is a question for all of us

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  14. The Chinese Communist regime is so evil that it is by no means qualified to host the 2008 Olympic Games. It is indeed an Olympic Shame for the evil regime to host the event which is supposed to honor humanity and peace.

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  15. If u are QQ user you are part of world biggest digital wiretapping network: 230 million QQ users being monitored on dialy basis.

    QQ software hide many key words that the Chinese government want to keep an interst in. Evertime someone uses keywords (like democarcy movement or falun Gong) in their QQ IM, then that information is passed by QQ server to government. When u think about it is very clever. Chinese government can keep watch over hundreds of million of people having QQ IM and it cost Beijing nothing. In fact QQ make big fat profit on this.

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  16. [...] requests or confirms the extent of its censorship. As some have noted, the entire enterprise of Chinese Internet censorship is murky and subjectively applied. Indeed, many services, such as Wikipedia, are just blocked outright, with [...]

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  17. This just goes to show that the West is right when it criticises the Chinese government - as opposed to the Chinese people.

    China is a beautiful country with beautiful people but two major problems, a very evil government that is afraid of the truth and very bad pollution. Oh, and gross violations of human rights and little real freedom of religion.

    So in the light of this how can the people of China say that we in the west are wrong about these matters when the N.P.C. so strongly censors the facts?

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  19. THOSE ATTACHING CHINA AND CHINESE GOVERNMENT, STOP TO BEING A NUISANCE! IF CHINESE GOVERNMENTDO NOT DO IT, YOU MAY CLAIM THAT CHINESE USE HACK TO ATTACK YOUR WEB SITE. NOW GOVERNMENT AT LEAST KNOW WHO ARE REALLY DOING THESE.

    AS FOR OLYMPICS, IF YOU ARE GREAT ENOUGH, PLEASE LET THE WORLD CANCEL THIS GAME. DO CHINESE PEOPLEREALLY CARE, IF YOU CHOOSE TO TURN CHINA AS ENEMY? FROM 1949, CHINESE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN TREATED AS ENEMY, WE STILL LIVE WELL AND WILL DEVELOP MORE!

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  20. CCP IS NOT PERFECT, BUT AT LEAST MUCH BETER THEN FOREIGN IN OPIUM WAR AND 1900 WAR; ALSO BETTER THAN KMT WHICH LOST ITS CAPITAL TO JAPANESE KILLING 3MILLION PEOPLE!

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  21. DEFEND CHINESE GOVERNMENT, DEFEND CCP, THOUGH I AM NOT A MEMBER OF CCP. AN ORDINARY CHINESE.

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  22. WESTERNERS, REMEBER YOU ARE NOT GOD! ON YOUR HANDS, THERE ARE STILL BLOOD BLEEDING! BLOOD OF SO MANY PEOPLE: JEWISH, POLISH IN WORLD WAR II AND CHINESE IN OPIUM WAR AND 190 WAR.

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  23. westerners, remeber that you are NOT god! there are still blood bleeding on your hand! do NOT incite ethic hared in China between tibetan and han people! otherwise, what is diferent you are dong now with what Nazis doing to Jewish and Polish, inciting hared? What IS EVIL!

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  24. It's a question of power! Who has the power to decide what is good and what is harmful.
    Not the people, but the GOV!
    As we all know, Power should be gained from the people, but actually it is not now!
    Even better a thousand years before!
    Couse the kindom has its master - the emperor!
    And now it is nobody's!

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  25. hey :)
    its very point of view.
    Nice post.
    realy gj

    thx :-)

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  26. when one build one Chinese website, one must pass the censor from the government. it's so fussy and tough that i choose to use USA hosting and have my website publicized in english. The Chinese have no freedom to use the Chinese to speak out, what a pity.

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  27. Freedom need a lot of time and hard work generation by generation

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