China has shut down 91 lewd websites in 3 days
China has shut down 91 websites for pornographic and other "vulgar" content, as well as a political blog portal, since announcing its latest bid to ensure Internet morality, state media said on Monday.
China's ruling Communist Party is wary of threats to its grip on information and has conducted numerous censorship efforts targeting pornography, political criticism and Web scams, but officials flagged tougher steps this time.
"Ninety-one websites that included pornography and vulgar content had been closed down from January 8 to 10," the state-run Web portal China (www.china.com.cn) said.
Authorities have vowed to beef up crackdown efforts in the following days and urged law-breakers to voluntarily turn themselves in to local public security departments.
The sites closed on Saturday such as www.789b.com and www.678tp.cn have become inaccessible by Sunday.
They violated the top legislature's regulations and other laws regarding public distribution of sexual images, said a statement issued by the Special Operation Office for Crackdown on online Porn and Lewd Content.
The month-long campaign to purify the Internet was launched last Monday by the State Council's Information Office, Public Security and Culture ministries as well as four other government agencies.
Public distribution of pornography is illegal in China. Last Friday, the office announced the shut-down of 41 such illegal websites.
China's latest crackdown on Internet content targeted many big names, including Google, Microsoft's MSN and homegrown market-leading rival Baidu, for undermining public morality.
None of the big names was on the list of 91.