BEIJING, CHINA – The internet must be “clean and righteous” and vulgar content must be resisted in the field of culture, Chinese President Xi Jinping told a meeting of senior propaganda officials, state media said on Wednesday.
The government has been tightening controls over internet content as part of what it says are efforts to maintain social stability, taking on “vulgar” and pornographic content as well as the unauthorized dissemination of news.
The moves come amid a broader clamp-down targeting online content from live-streams and blogs to mobile gaming, as the country’s leaders look to tighten their grip over a huge and diverse cultural scene online popular with China’s youth, Reuters reports.
The internet must be clean and righteous and vulgar content must be resisted in the field of culture, we must maintain social stability, taking on vulgar and pornographic content as well as the unauthorized dissemination of news. Uphold a clean and righteous internet space, Reject the vulgar, the base and the kitsch, Put forward more healthy, high quality internet works of culture and art.” ~ Communistic Leader XI Jinping
The Communist Party of China, also referred to as the Chinese Communist Party, is the founding and ruling political party of the People’s Republic of China. The Communist Party is the sole governing party within mainland China.
The government has stepped up already tight controls over the internet since Xi took power six years ago, in what critics say is an effort to restrict freedom of speech and prevent criticism of the ruling Communist Party.
The government says all countries regulate the internet, and its rules are aimed at ensuring national security and social stability and preventing the spread of pornography and violent content.
China maintains a strict censorship regime, banning access to many foreign news outlets, search engines and social media including Google and Facebook, Yahoo News reports.
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