January 1, 1996 in Nation/World

China Seeks Ways To Censor Internet

Compiled From Wire Services

China is planning measures to stop obscene or harmful material from entering the country via the Internet, its official news agency reported Sunday.

The Communist Party and the State Council, China’s cabinet, recently ordered such measures after learning that “pornographic and detrimental information” had been disseminated electronically in China, the Xinhua News Agency said.

The report said China intended to use the Internet to promote the exchange and transfer of technology and scientific information, while at the same time blocking what it sees as negative influences.

It did not provide further details.

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