BEIJING: China’s General Administration of Press and Publication issued a notice on its official website, asking all localities to carry out in-depth administrative law enforcement activities against online pornographic information. Severely investigate and deal with online pornographic novels that disrupt the normal order of online publishing and endanger the physical and mental health of young people.
In view of the recent publication of pornographic novels on some websites, the State General Administration of Press and Publication issued the Emergency Notice on Severely Investigating and Punishing Pornographic Novels on the Internet, requiring all localities to follow the principle of territorial management and "whoever is in charge is responsible", and to order relevant websites within their jurisdiction to immediately delete pornographic novels listed in the list and prohibit any websites from publishing, linking and disseminating relevant information. For websites that fail to delete obscene pornographic novels and related information as required, administrative penalties shall be imposed in accordance with relevant regulations.
Websites that change their addresses to escape supervision should be tracked and searched in time, severely punished according to law, and if necessary, the website will be closed according to law. Cases suspected of committing crimes by publishing obscene pornographic novels and disseminating obscene pornographic information on the Internet should be promptly transferred to public security organs according to regulations.
The full text of the notice is as follows:
Severely investigating and dealing with harmful information such as internet obscenity and pornography is an inevitable requirement for building a harmonious socialist society and purifying the environment for the healthy growth of teenagers. It is also an important work of "eliminating pornography and illegal publications" and Internet publishing management, and the central leadership attaches great importance to it. Recently, the General Administration of Press and Publication found that some domestic websites published novels with obscene and pornographic contents. The spread of these obscene pornographic novels has disturbed the normal order of online publishing and endangered the physical and mental health of the vast number of teenagers, and must be resolutely and severely investigated according to law. The relevant matters are hereby notified as follows:
First, all localities and departments concerned should carry out in-depth administrative law enforcement activities on online obscene pornographic information in strict accordance with the deployment and requirements of the Work Plan of the Special Action against Internet Obscene Pornography by the Central Propaganda Department, the Ministry of Public Security, and the Office of the National Working Group on Combating Pornography, and severely crack down on the use of the Internet to spread obscene pornographic information.
Second, around the "anti-pornography and illegal publications" work leading group office to coordinate with relevant departments, in accordance with the principle of territorial management and "who is in charge, who is responsible", according to the "List of Forty Obscene Pornographic Online Novels" and "List of Domestic Websites Published with Obscene Pornographic Novels" published in this notice, ordered relevant websites within the jurisdiction to immediately delete the obscene pornographic novels listed in the list, and prohibited any websites from publishing, linking and disseminating relevant information.
Third, the local press and publication administrative departments should strengthen the supervision of Internet publishing content within their respective jurisdictions, and impose administrative penalties on websites that fail to delete obscene pornographic novels and related information as required in accordance with the Regulations on the Administration of Publishing and the Interim Provisions on the Administration of Internet Publishing. Websites that change their addresses to escape supervision should be tracked and searched in time and severely punished according to law. When necessary, inform the local public security network supervision, telecommunications management and other departments about the situation and close the website according to law.
Four, the relevant departments of all localities should promptly transfer to the public security organs the cases of publishing obscene pornographic novels and spreading obscene pornographic information on the Internet, and cooperate with the investigation.
Five, the local press and publication administrative departments and the office of the leading group for the work of "eliminating pornography and illegal publications" before August 20, 2007, the local investigation and punishment of online pornographic novels were reported in writing to the General Administration of Press and Publication and the office of the national working group for "eliminating pornography and illegal publications". In case of important information and clues, they should report at any time.
Editor: Wang Yuxi