Chinese Communist paper says there can be no Internet freedom without order
Published on Apr 28, 2014 1:54 PM
BEIJING (Reuters) - There can be no Internet freedom without order, China's top Communist Party newspaper said on Monday after several United States television shows were pulled from Chinese video sites, the latest signs of Beijing's tightening grip on online content.
The removal of the shows coincides with a broad crackdown on online freedom of expression that has intensified since President Xi Jinping came to power last year and drawn criticism from rights advocates at home and abroad.
The authorities last week also stepped up their battle against pornography, revoking some online publication licences of one of China's largest Internet firms, Sina Corp, for allowing "lewd and pornographic" content.
"While ordinary people and governments have enjoyed the conveniences brought by the Internet, they have also in turn experienced the Internet's negative effects and hidden security dangers," the People's Daily, the party's main mouthpiece, said in a commentary.
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