Urgent Notice on Network and Information Security

Below is an urgent notice many Chinese websites received on March 31 following the recent suspension of commenting on Weibo. Translated by Hernandez.

Urgent: Regarding Network and Information Security

Joint announcement from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, Ministry of Public Security and Ministry of Culture, effective immediately: For network and information security, all departments are to launch a real name registration crackdown between April 1, 2012 and August 1, 2012. During this period, clients are requested to suspend all services involving unregistered domain names; content related to pornography, gambling or drugs; pornographic information; illegal discussion forums; and counter-political activities.* This will be a wide-range, long-term and large-scale crackdown.

网络信息安全紧急通知

即日,接中华人民共和国工信部、公安部、文化部联合通知,2012年4月1日至2012年8月1日期间,各部门对网络信息安全进行实名制严打。在此期间,请客户停止一切未备案域名、黄赌毒、色情信息、违法论坛、反政治活动等业务。此次严打,涉及范围广,时间长,规模大。

* “Counter-political” (反政治) is a vague term used by the Chinese Communist Party which may imply disobeying the ruling of the CCP, and is somewhat similar to “counter-revolutionary.” It has nothing to do with being “anti-political.”