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.
* “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.”