China Bans ‘Pornographic’ Online Literature

Oct 27, 2009 12:45 PM PST
BEIJING — Chinese authorities have banned 1,414 works of online literature, saying all of it was deemed obscene.

Official news agency Xinhua said that the banned works either "included pornographic content," "used provocative or privacy-violating titles to draw attention" or "blatantly talked about one-night stands, wife swapping, sex abuses and violence that disregarded common decency.”

The ban, authorized by the General Administration of Press and Publication and decided by 50 “experts,” affects about 30,000 links, Xinhua said.

That agency, according to Xinhua, also plans to establish laws and regulations on the publishing of literature online

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