The 11 subjects forbidden to Chinese bloggers

Filed as News on September 26, 2005 11:50 pm

by Duncan

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Following details Sunday of a new crackdwon on Chinese bloggers, the Chinese Government’s State Council Information Bureau and Ministry of Industry and Information has issued a list that contains 11 subjects forbidden to Chinese bloggers.

Bloggers are banned from putting out news that:
- violates the basic principles of the Chinese constitution:
- endangers national security, leaks national secrets, seeks to overthrow the government, endangers the unification of the country;
- destroys the country’s reputation and benefits;
- arouses national feelings of hatred, racism, and endangers racial unification;
- violates national policies on religion, promotes the propaganda of sects and superstition;
- diffuses rumours, endangers public order and creates social uncertainty;
- diffuses information that is pornographic, violent, terrorist or linked to gambling;
- libels or harms people’s reputation, violates people’s legal rights;
- includes illegal information bounded by law and administrative rules.
and the final two dictates that:
- It is forbidden to encourage illegal gatherings, strikes, etc to create public disorder;
- It is forbidden to organise activities under illegal social associations or organisations.

Blogs that break these new rules will be shut down and those running them will have to pay a fine that could reach 30,000 yuans (aprox $3,500 USD).

(via RSF Media release recieved via email)

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  1. By Steve Pavlina posted on September 27, 2005 at 12:45 am
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    Creates social uncertainty? What the heck is that supposed to mean? It’s hard to imagine a blogger who couldn’t be found guilty of that one.

    This makes me glad to live in Sin City, USA (i.e. Las Vegas).

  2. By Unknown posted on September 27, 2005 at 2:37 pm
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    I am very impressed about how brave Chinese bloggers are. Thnks to all who speak up with courage.

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