China Official vows to 'purify' Web

Chinese Communist Party chief Hu Jintao has vowed to "purify" the Internet, during a top-level meeting that discussed ways to control China's 137 million registered users (at the end of 2006). Hu believes it is necessary to "strengthen administration and development of our country's Internet culture" and "maintain the initiative in opinion on the Internet and raise the level of guidance online. We must promote civilized running and use of the Internet and purify the Internet environment." According to the China Internet Network Information Center, 10.5% of China's population is on the Internet. The vast majority of those users have no access to overseas Chinese Web sites offering uncensored opinion and news critical of the ruling party. News of official misdeeds and dissident opinion has, however, been leaking through online bulletin boards and blogs. Hu Jinatao strongly emphasized that this is unacceptable.

News source: CNN

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