Despite tons of evidence that China censors the internet with a huge bureaucracy of folks watching out over the internet, country officials still insist that no censorship takes place. Technically, they might be accurate, because while they don't specifically ban sites, they threaten ISPs that don't ban anything "bad" (without clearly defining what "bad" is) and then let the ISPs act as censors for them. The latest, though, is that China's Communist Party Chief is saying that the country needs to "purify" the internet, which apparently is different than censorship. Hu Jintao is apparently upset that the large and rapidly growing Chinese internet population is "often more interested in salacious pictures, bloodthirsty games and political scandal than Marxist lessons." If purifying the internet means filling it with Marxist lessons and getting rid of salacious pictures, bloodthirsty games and political scandal, he's got quite a challenge ahead of him.
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