Thursday, January 25, 2007

China's Hu vows to "purify" Internet

Reuters reported Chinese Communist Party chief Hu Jintao has vowed to "purify" the Internet, state media reported on Wednesday, describing a top-level meeting that discussed ways to master the country's sprawling, unruly online population.

There is a lot of stuff on the net that I don't care for, and I would support government agencies monitoring it, to catch terrorist communication for example, but I would not like to see any government "purifying" the internet.
Hu made the comments as the ruling party's Politburo -- its 24-member leading council -- was studying China's Internet, which claimed 137 million registered users at the end of 2006. Hu, a strait-laced communist with little sympathy for cultural relaxation, did not directly mention censorship.
A rose by any other name would smell as sweet, and "purify" is the same as censorship.
But he made it clear that the Communist Party was looking to ensure it keeps control of China's Internet users, often more interested in salacious pictures, bloodthirsty games and political scandal than Marxist lessons.
Gee, I wonder why. The Marxist lessons must be dull.
The party had to "strengthen administration and development of our country's Internet culture", Hu told the meeting on Tuesday, according to the official Xinhua news agency. "Maintain the initiative in opinion on the Internet and raise the level of guidance online," he said. "We must promote civilized running and use of the Internet and purify the Internet environment."

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