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> China Shuts Down Dissident Web
> By Joe McDonald
> Associated Press Writer
> BEIJING (AP) - The first dissident Web site in China
> has been shut down and police are hunting for its
> organizers, a human rights group and the firm that
> hosted the site said Tuesday.
> Officials said the site, called the New Culture Forum,
> posted "counterrevolutionary content," according to the
> New York-based group, Human Rights in China.
> The group described the site, which it said was run by
> veteran pro-democracy activists, as the first of its kind in
> China. Other dissident Web sites are based abroad,
> often in the United States.
> The incident highlighted anew the conflict faced by
> Chinese leaders, who are promoting the Web's
> economic benefits while trying to block its use in
> spreading opposition to Communist Party rule.
> The Ministry of State Security ordered the New Culture
> Forum shut down last Thursday, saying its content was
> "too sharp and anti-government," said Li Tao, manager
> of Million Network Co. in Beijing. He said authorities
> had not decided on a penalty for the company, which
> provides Web sites for private customers.
> Li said police asked who set up the site, but he had no
> details besides the customer's name, Xin Wenming.
> The name sounds like "new culture" in Chinese.
> Government computer-monitoring offices in Beijing and
> the eastern province of Shandong, where Human Rights
> in China said the site organizers live, declined
> Chinese officials monitor Web sites and try to block
> access to foreign news and politically oriented sites.
> Many computer users say they have found ways to
> evade such barriers.
> Last month, a Chinese computer entrepreneur was
> charged with subversion for posting articles on his Web
> site about the 1989 Tiananmen Square pro-democracy
> protests. That site used a U.S.-based server.
> Security officials appear to be struggling to keep up with
> the proliferation of Chinese Web sites, often hosted by
> private service firms. The number of Chinese online is
> doubling every six months, and reached 14.9 million in
> June, according to the government.
> In addition, many online service firms don't monitor their
> customers closely, creating an opening for political
> Li of the Million Network Co. said police had ordered
> his firm to improve supervision of its Web sites and
> clients. He said it promised to report any "suspicious
> activity" in the future.
> The crackdown on the New Culture Forum comes amid
> stepped-up efforts to control Web activity. The
> government has created an agency to monitor online
> news, and police are creating special units to patrol the
> At least 20 Chinese cities and provinces are creating
> Web police units to fight fraud and other online crime,
> the state-run Beijing Morning Post said Tuesday.
> The newspaper did not mention political activity. But it
> said police would combat online pornography, and
> political material usually is targeted in Chinese
> anti-smut crackdowns.
> In the eastern province of Anhui, police have helped
> banks tighten security and spread warnings of computer
> viruses, the newspaper said.
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