Internet, Law & Policy

Campaign Launched Against Chinese Internet "Cultural Irregularities"

From July 1, 2009, China will launch a nationwide special campaign focused on netcafes and computer games that help spread "cultural irregularities".

China's Ministry of Culture has issued a circular which states that from July 1 to October 31, the nationwide campaign will be carried out to manage the cultural market.

With the approach of the summer holiday, more illegal online games are appearing, especially in rural areas in China. Local Chinese media are defining "cultural irregularities" as a combination of illegal games, games that contain pornography, pornographic animation, and illegal music played at entertainment venues.

According to Zhang Xinjian, deputy director of the Market Division of the Ministry of Culture, this campaign will focus on six main tasks, which include further purifying social and cultural environment; cracking down on illegal cultural products and services; conducting special checks on recreational and entertainment venues; strengthening the management and supervision of netcafes; conducting special checks on the animated cartoon market; and strengthening the inspection on culture service providers.

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