07 June 2005
Calling all bloggers, surrender your weapons...
Could this happen in the US?
The Chinese authorities have ordered all weblogs and websites in the country to register with the government or face closure in Beijing's latest attempt to control online dissent.
Commercial publishers and advertisers could be fined up to 1m yuan (£66,000) for failing to register, according to documents on the Chinese information industry ministry's website.
Private bloggers or websites must register the complete identity of the person responsible for the site, and the ministry - which has set a June 30 deadline for compliance - said 74% of all sites had already registered.
The Chinese government should take a lesson from the Bushies. It's easier to control information distribution from the top rather than from the bottom.
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