Government-Run News Media Warns That BBS Operators Will Be Prosecuted for Illegal Content

From Chinascope:

The Southern Metropolitan Daily reports that on the eve of the May 1 International Labor Day holiday, Guangdong province’s Office of Information Supervision, Government News Department, and Office of Public Security jointly issued a “Notice Regarding Stepping Up Strengthening of Regulation of the Dissemination of Harmful Information on the Internet.” According to the report, the Notice confirmed the principle that “business operators shall be held responsible,” and must strengthen their self-discipline.

The report cited an Office of Information Supervision official as saying that a recurring problem has been some Internet forum moderators existing “in name only,” and this situation has led to some forums not filtering out the “nine forbidden” types of postings, in particular those inciting demonstrations, and those containing pornographic, fraudulent, and Falun Gong related information.

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