China will tighten its control over the Internet as the Olympic Games approach by ordering Chinese Web sites to censor certain content, Interfax sources with several online community and blogging platforms said this week.
“We received notices from the Public Security Bureau and the Propaganda Department this week, asking us to closely watch for ‘unhealthy’ information. We have added many key words into our supervision system to watch for such information,” said a source who works for an online community platform under a state-owned newspaper.
The Chinese government previously promised that it would give greater freedom to its media in the run-up to the Olympics. Though it has unblocked many foreign Web sites, especially in Beijing, Chinese-language sites have come under greater scrutiny.