China does not appreciate bloggers

With tighter controls on online games and music imported from abroad, the Chinese government is also trying to get a grip on the blogging scene

China is trying to control the Internet even more tightly than before to prevent politically undesirable content from entering the net public domain. It seems that recently anti-government rhetoric and conflicts about online games and music have been smuggled into the Internet, so that this gap is now to be closed. After a verdict against a blogger, the blogosphere is now also under even more prere.

Based on the announcements in the state news agency Xinhua, it is not possible to say against which opinion changes the new control and censorship measures are directed. In addition to objectionable content in online games from abroad, there is also talk of unwanted religious content apparently being incorporated into the games. This could refer to the conflict with the embattled religious community Falun Gong. In addition, unwanted territorial ies had come into circulation, by which perhaps Tibet or Taiwan could be meant. In the case of music, there is talk of violations against "ethnic traditions" and threat to "social stability".

According to the orders of the Chinese government, websites that offer online games or music must first submit them to the authorities for review. Arance must be given that nothing will be changed after permission to publish has been granted. In addition, monthly reports must be submitted. In the case of music, this applies not only to the Internet, but also to the offering of foreign music titles on mobile networks.

Xinhua also reported a verdict won by Chen Tangfa, a professor of journalism at Nanking University, against a blogger, justifying tighter controls on the growing blogging scene. The blogger, a former student, had called the professor rude, which could also be seen in his book. However, the professor, arguably acting as an agent of the government, did not file suit against the student, but against Blogcn.com, the blog provider that refused to comply with the request to block the content that offended the professor. With the lawsuit, Chen Tangfa allegedly wanted to remind the provider of its responsibility for the content published through its service. In the summer, the court handed down a verdict against the company, which had to apologize publicly on the website and pay a mild fine of 128 US dollars. This would not be newsworthy, if Xinhua did not now use the professor as a "as a symbol of a campaign to regulate Internet users" of the Internet users.

Chen is now becoming a figurehead for controlling the Internet through the backdoor, that it is "no one, not even bloggers, should be allowed to exercise freedom of expression at the expense of someone else’s dignity". In the case of online music, the fight against pirated or sampled music, even for non-commercial use, had to serve as a means of censorship of politically undesirable content, which was probably the main intention.

In this case, the Chinese Internet Society (ISC) has come out to confirm that the government intends to allow Internet users to blog and post comments only after they have given their real names and ID numbers to Internet service providers. However, you will then be able to continue to appear under a pseudonym. Your personal data will remain confidential, it is ared, as long as they are "you do nothing illegal or harmful to the public" . This leaves the door wide open for arbitrary action. The almost 20 million Chinese bloggers and 75 million blog readers are supposed to act under the eye of the authority and have to expect access at any time. The ISC is selling this as a way to achieve a balance "between personal privacy and public and national interests" and national interests.