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China Arrests Thousands In Internet Porn Crackdown 204

Posted by Soulskill
from the that-fourth-party-crap-doesn't-sound-so-bad-anymore dept.
Clandestine_Blaze writes "Chinese police have arrested 5,394 people — with another 4,186 criminal cases in the works — in one of the largest crackdowns on Internet porn in the country. Even more arrests are expected in 2010, according to the Ministry of Public Security's website (In Chinese or Google translated into English). According to the Reuters article on the crackdown, one of the justifications was that the pornography was 'threatening the emotional health of children.' From the English translation of the Ministry of Public Security's website linked above, it appears that certain provinces are also offering 1,000 yuan and 2,000 yuan rewards, per person, for reporting illegal websites to the government."
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China Arrests Thousands In Internet Porn Crackdown

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  • 1000 Yuan (Score:4, Informative)

    by mjihad (686196) on Saturday January 02, 2010 @05:28AM (#30621016) Homepage
    Since the the summary didn't mention it, 1000 yuan is about $146.50 [google.com].
  • by Entropy98 (1340659) on Saturday January 02, 2010 @05:29AM (#30621022) Homepage

    Um... you can still go to jail for porn in the USA [reason.com]

  • by plasticsquirrel (637166) on Saturday January 02, 2010 @06:03AM (#30621142)
    As an American living in China, it pains me to see this sort of hysterical nonsense on Slashdot all the time. China is the new Evil Empire, apparently. Scream "fascist" all you want, but you and most other westerners do not understand Chinese civilization or the role that government has traditionally played in it. Then again, maybe the U.S. should "pre-empt" their errors, and save China from the Chinese. :-P

    The basic reason that the Chinese do not allow porn is that they believe that it demeans women. This goes back to the revolution, in which women were eager to participate to get some basic equality with men. You can argue that women have a choice, but in poor provinces, you can bet that it would be akin to prostitution, where young women are basically forced into the lifestyle because they have no other options.

    Chinese society is quite conservative about sex, or at least it has that appearance. For example, it isn't unheard of to hear of a foreigner beaten into a coma for deflowering local girls. In a country where virginity is prized and sex can almost be like a contract for marriage, that sort of thing isn't taken lightly. In the same way, if Chinese people think their women are being debased (as in porn), they tend to get very angry.

    I am not going to try to explain 5000 years of Chinese civilization to you, or explain every way that it is different from the West, but I would encourage Slashdotters to read this article from the LA Times. It explains quite a bit about the role of government in China and how the West has gotten it wrong with predicting that China would become more like them (developing a rights tradition, embracing democracy, etc.).

    Article: Understanding China [latimes.com]
  • by gzipped_tar (1151931) on Saturday January 02, 2010 @06:04AM (#30621150) Journal
    "Most people are fools, most authority is malignant, God does not exist, and everything is wrong. "
  • Re:Reward? (Score:4, Informative)

    by plasticsquirrel (637166) on Saturday January 02, 2010 @06:11AM (#30621180)
    It's only $300, and I believe the websites need to be hosted in China. They want to stop people from making porn in China (viewed as exploiting local women), and they don't care so much about people simply viewing porn on foreign sites. $300 is the monthly salary for many Chinese, if that puts it into perspective. It's difficult to say whether what class that is, though, because incomes are all over the place. Maybe it's a working class salary.
  • hahaha yea ha ha ha (Score:3, Informative)

    by unity100 (970058) on Saturday January 02, 2010 @08:02AM (#30621596) Homepage Journal

    'socialist crackpots'. this is the first phrase in your post. it renders your post SO credible and respectable that it goes beyond calculation.

    and in addition, there is the ignorance that renders much respectability to your post. without knowing any other country other than your own america, which you believe that the best country on earth because YOU WERE TOLD IT TO BE SO, you are totally devoid of any knowledge about how europe has been living under left governments in the majority of the last 60 years, and what kind of freedom and standard of living they attained.

    let me tell you what hit the constitutional court in sweden just a few months ago, and resolved as a nationwide issue ; it was decided that it was inalienable right of swedish women to be topless on beaches and pools, and noone could force them to cover their breasts. not insurance. not healthcare. not freedom of speech. not any wrongdoing by government people. this was one of the biggest recent issues in sweden. the freedom of speech and choice you think you have in your country is like bread and butter there.

    and in the place you put out as a bad example, norway, which went far out to say that state does better raising children than their parents, is another show of ignorance. children have no worries there. it doesnt matter whether they are raised or not even. work, standard of living, freedoms are guaranteed. yet, in your america, where parents raise their children oh so properly, you have millions of radicals raising millions of kids estranged from the society, in a spectrum ranging from mild racist to mormon.

    excuse me, but mr. mccarthy, your time has passed. success of european countries and the recent unimaginable SCAM that your corporate world has pulled off globally, shred all credibility to the 'america is best place to be' bullshit we have been feeding by arrogant americans all around the world. now the wise ones do not even open their mouths to utter any similar shit, only you right wing nutjobs remain blabbering the same 50 year old tune.

  • and the UK too... (Score:3, Informative)

    by mdwh2 (535323) on Saturday January 02, 2010 @08:52AM (#30621866) Journal

    Indeed. And here in the UK, we've had a year of possession of so-called "extreme" porn being criminalised, which is already being used for as ludicrous cases as joke Photoshopped images of someone having sex with a tiger [blogspot.com].

    It also reminds me of a common claim regarding criticism of porn crackdowns: "Why are you whining about porn; in China they have real censorship about political things, that's what real censorship is like", they cry. Stories like this show that different kinds of censorship - whether moral or political - are two sides of the same coin. They all have the same effect of ruining people's lives, over material that the state wants to banish.

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