Sina banned from pub­li­ca­tion over on­line-porn ac­cu­sa­tions

China Daily (Canada) - - CHINA - By ZHANG YAN and JIN HAIX­ING

Sina In­ter­net In­for­ma­tion Ser­vice Co, one of China’s In­ter­net gi­ants, has been sus­pended from en­gag­ing in In­ter­net pub­li­ca­tion and au­dio and video dis­sem­i­na­tion for al­legedly run­ning porno­graphic con­tent on­line, the Na­tional Of­fice Against Porno­graphic and Il­le­gal Pub­li­ca­tions said on Thurs­day.

“We have re­voked the two li­censes of Sina.com, in­clud­ing those for In­ter­net pub­li­ca­tion and net­work dis­tri­bu­tion of au­dio­vi­sual pro­grams, and fined the com­pany up to 5 mil­lion yuan ($800,000),” said Zhou Huilin, deputy di­rec­tor of the of­fice.

The de­ci­sion on Sina’s li­censes will be re­viewed af­ter the com­pany re­moves all of­fen­sive ma­te­rial and re­vises its prac­tices, Zhou said.

Ac­cord­ing to the Bei­jing Pub­lic Se­cu­rity Bureau, the people from Sina who are re­spon­si­ble have been de­tained for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Sina al­legedly pub­lished as many as 20 ob­scene ar­ti­cles in its read­ing chan­nel and posted four In­ter­net au­dio­vi­sual pro­grams spread­ing ob­scene in­for­ma­tion, said Shen Rui, di­rec­tor of the In­ter­net law en­force­ment depart­ment un­der the Bei­jing Cul­tural Mar­ket Ad­min­is­tra­tive En­force­ment Bureau.

He said that some of the ar­ti­cles that were in­ves­ti­gated

In­ter­net in­for­ma­tion ser­vice en­ter­prises should draw a les­son from Sina and give great im­por­tance to su­per­vis­ing their on­line pub­li­ca­tions.” ZHOU HUILIN DEPUTY DI­REC­TOR OF THE NA­TIONAL OF­FICE AGAINST PORNO­GRAPHIC AND IL­LE­GAL PUB­LI­CA­TIONS

in­cluded 500 chap­ters, and the num­ber of clicks was more than 1 mil­lion, which brought se­ri­ous neg­a­tive so­cial im­pact and se­ri­ously harmed the phys­i­cal and men­tal health of mi­nors.

In ad­di­tion, Sina was also sus­pected of il­le­gally pro­vid­ing In­ter­net au­dio­vi­sual pro­gram ser­vices, Shen said.

“Sina.com, as a large-scale In­ter­net por­tal with a quan­tity of In­ter­net users in­clud­ing mi­nors, should have abided by the law to seek prof­its, but it ig­nored the law and took the form of net­work lit­er­a­ture and au­dio­vi­sual pro­grams to openly spread porno­graphic in­for­ma­tion re­sult­ing in great harm to the so­ci­ety,” Zhou said.

“In­ter­net in­for­ma­tion ser­vice en­ter­prises should draw a les­son from Sina and give great im­por­tance to su­per­vis­ing their on­line pub­li­ca­tions,” he said.

“They should im­prove the su­per­vi­sion mech­a­nism for In­ter­net in­for­ma­tion and strictly pre­vent ob­scene in­for­ma­tion from spread­ing on­line,” Zhou said.

e anti-pornog­ra­phy of­fice and In­ter­net reg­u­la­tion au­thor­i­ties jointly de­clared war against on­line ob­scen­ity on Sun­day, as part of a wider cam­paign to tighten the grip on the In­ter­net. The cam­paign will last un­til Novem­ber.

Dur­ing the cam­paign, au­thor­i­ties will crack down on im­por­tant In­ter­net por­tals that are sus­pected of run­ning ob­scene in­for­ma­tion, and those re­spon­si­ble will be held crim­i­nally ac­count­able or trans­ferred to the dis­ci­plinary in­spec­tion depart­ment for in­ves­ti­ga­tion, ac­cord­ing to Zhou.

People who post porno­graphic ar­ti­cles on­line for profit can be charged with crimes of pro­duc­ing and dis­tribut­ing ob­scene ma­te­ri­als, which can lead to sen­tences of up to three years in prison, ac­cord­ing to a ju­di­cial ex­pla­na­tion is­sued in 2004.

In­di­vid­u­als who pocket more than 250,000 yuan ($40,000) from pub­lish­ing porno­graphic ar­ti­cles, de­fined as a se­ri­ous vi­o­la­tion of the law, can face life im­pris­on­ment and con­fis­ca­tion of their per­sonal property. Con­tact the writ­ers at zhangyan1@chi­nadaily.com.cn and jin­haix­ing@chi­nadaily.com.cn

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