Censorship 2.0


Over the past few months, China’s crackdown on online pornographic content has skyrocketed. We all know about the iron barriers put up by the Great Firewall, and by November, not even WAP sites accessed by mobile handsets could escape the all-seeing-eye of the CCP.

But, as outlined on Friday by the China Internet Illegal Information Reporting Center, the government is now offering from 1,000 to 10,000 RMB to Internet users who report to the police on Web sites that contain pornographic material.

The China Real Time Report claims the government has outlined nine categories that need filling, including sites containing ‘obscene material’ and

provide information deemed harmful to young people. The anti-porn initiative also applies to Web sites that advertise adult products or that link to other adult sites. Upon receiving reports from the public, government officials will investigate further and informers will be rewarded once their leads are confirmed, according to the statement, with the amount payable depending on how complicated and important the case turns out to be.

And, according to Xinhua, keen netizens have been only too happy to lend a helping hand. So far, switchboards have seen 500 phone calls and 13,000 tips passed online. 3,500 of these have already been confirmed.

Well, well…what people will do in the name of censorship. ‘Easy money’ just took on a whole new meaning.


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