From People’s Daily Online:
Cong Bing, vice director of the NAPSS, said China’s Criminal Law and Law on Guarding State Secrets prohibited the release, discussion and dissemination of state secrets through bulletin board systems, online chat ros and Internet newsgroups.
The theft or purchase of state secrets and their provision to institutions, organizations and people outside the country was illegal, he warned.
The public had a duty to report the discovery of leaks of state secrets and to return classified documents to the relevant departments if they acquired them, he said.
“In the market economy and information era, new issues have emerged in state secrets protection. Some people’s awareness of state secrets protection is quite weak,” said Cong. [Full Text]
Read also: CDT’s post Regulations on state secrets available online. See also what content is being explicitly banned, and what is tolerated, on BBS sites (via ESWN):
This is an admininistrator announcement page at the Ziling Bulletin Board System. The notice is on BBS rules and regulations: “Characteristics of posts that shall be deleted from the Ziling BBS: those about Chinese political parties, government, law enforcement departments, state leaders and state systems; those that insult the glorious image of China; those about corruption; those about local governments; those about marches, demonstrations, riots, evil cults and other sensitive subjects. Thank you everybody for your cooperation.” The notice is positioned right on top of an advertisement for 24-hour-a-day continuous showings of different movies of passion … [Full text]