Top Chinese Web sites back self-censorship

April 12, 2006 at 12:35 PM

BEIJING, April 12 (UPI) -- Eleven of China's major news Web sites endorsed a self-censorship proposal Wednesday to block pornographic and violent Internet content.

Such sites as Xinhuanet.com, People.com.cn, China.com.cn, Chinadaily.com.cn, and Chinanews.com issued a joint statement saying they would participate in compliance with the "Eight Honors and Disgraces," a new concept of socialist morality issued by Hu Jintao, president of the Communist Party of China Central Committee.

"We will make the Internet a vital publisher of scientific theories, spread the advanced cultures and promote decency, so as to boost economic growth, maintain social stability, and promote the building of a socialist harmonious society," the statement said.

China has approximately 700,000 portals and more than 111 million Internet users, the state Xinhua news agency said.

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