Nailene Chou Wiest: Non-students barred from chat room

The South China Morning Post , via Asia Pacific Media Network, has reported on the restrictions placed on university BBS sites:

From Sunday, chat room operators and bloggers will be held liable for any “objectionable content”. Sources said the Ministry of Education had also weighed in with a circular on strengthening “political thought” at universities, recommending the internet as a powerful tool in this process…

Tsinghua had been chosen as a model for implementing the procedure, the sources said. Analysts noted the Communist Party’s Propaganda Department had been beefing up operations at “Office 1106”, which monitors cyberspace for any subversive trends, since last year.

Portal operators are now required to submit daily reports on public opinion and social trends, while the print media has been prohibited from using content posted at weblogs. Weblog portals have discouraged their users from alluding to politics and other sensitive topics.

Meanwhile. has reported that a fingerprint ID system will be implemented in Internet cafes in Anhui Province. China Daily has also reported on this, here. Thanks to Yong Liu for providing this last link through

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