Urgent Notice on Network and Information Security

Below is an urgent notice many Chinese 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 and Information Technology, Ministry of Security and , effective immediately: For network and information security, all departments are to launch a between April 1, 2012 and August 1, 2012. During this period, clients are requested to suspend all services involving unregistered ; 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.”

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