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China closes illicit Internet cafes

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Fri Jun 04 2004, 05:25
THE COMMUNIST REGIME in China appears to be getting more paranoid. A report originating from the Xinhua news agency claims that the government has forced some 16,000 Internet cafes to shut their doors, for operating illegally.

This, says the Taipei Times, is a dramatic increase over the 8,600 cafes which the agency previously reported in May as having been closed down since February. Naturally the action is being painted as protecting the Chinese population from all the smut and filth that taints the Internet.

It's hard to find illicit Internet cafes. The trouble is all the buildings look the same.

Alternatively, it can be viewed by some as also closing down access to un-censored information.

Of course, this campaign could well be related to the fact that today (Friday 4th June) is the 15th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square shootings, so the government is probably getting a little nervous. µ


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