China takes aim at internet portals

I Ching trigramsIn a bid to further regulate the internet, the government run Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) has been given the power to summon people running online news and information portals and bring them to account.

China is already one of the most highly regulated countries in the world and jealously protects its subjects from reading things it doesn’t want them to.

But today it extended its powers, according to regulated Chinese news service xinhuanet.com

CAC, it said, will be given the power to question executives if it believes their sites break the law – that ranges from publishing “false information”, pornography and rumours.

CAC said executives will be offered “guidance” and the ability to “correct errors” rather than receive punishment.

But it does not rule out punishing portals and news sites for their “violations” if the people running the web sites or portals don’t mend their ways.