free speech? Nothing’s free in China

Yet another winner here… I’ve provided some translations for people not in the loop. Please look for >> to know that these comments were not actually made by the newspaper but by yours truly.

 

Chinese blog providers ‘encouraged’ to register users with their real names

ANITA CHANG Associated Press

August 22, 2007 at 10:01 AM EDT

BEIJING — Blog service providers in China are “encouraged” to register users with their real names and contact information, according to a new government document that tones down an earlier proposal banning anonymous online blogging.

>> We would also like to know your home phone number,  address, lisence plate #, and ID (That’s in the next memo).

At least 10 major Chinese blog service providers have agreed to sign the “self-discipline pledge” issued by the Internet Society of China, the state-run Xinhua News Agency reported Tuesday.

>> Bribe much?

Online bulletin boards and blogs are the only forum for most Chinese to express opinions before a large audience in a society where all media are state-controlled.

>> That is, the few who still have minds capable of independant thought are slipping through the closed fist that is the Chinese programmed mindset. It’s kindof like, you’re the grass and the propaganda machine is the mower… mulch mulch mulch…

China has the world’s second-biggest population of Internet users after the United States, with 137 million people online. It also has 30 million registered bloggers, and more than 100 million Chinese Internet users visit blogs regularly, according to the ISC. The group is under the Ministry of Information Industry.

>> ‘Ministry of Information’ ? Sound like 1984? That’s NOT a coincidence my friend.

The guidelines, issued Tuesday and effective immediately, “encouraged” real-name registration of users, according to a copy posted on the Internet group’s Web site.

>> encouraged, u know like when you’re in a dark alley and someone holds a knife to your throat and asks u to do something. That sort of encouragement.

The information — to be filed with the companies, not posted online — should include the user’s name, address, contact numbers and e-mail address, it said.

>> Haha, like I said above.. they want to know where they can contact u to have a pleasant chat over tea about your opinions on .. oh I don’t know, Taiwan? In the future they’ll just skip to the punch and ‘encourage’ internet users to give DNA samples.

Measures listed in the document were guidelines only and blog service providers were not required to comply, said an official at the Internet group, surnamed Zhu.

>> Hahaha, the irony is ‘zhu’ is the same pinyin for ‘Pig’ LOL. It’s funny cause I don’t think they call ‘the man’ – pigs like we do in English. But they should! hahaha

It was not clear whether the guideline calling for real-name registration covered bloggers only or whether it extended to people who post comments. Zhu refused to provide details.

>> Zhu = Pig .. hehe that amuses me

The Chinese government had wanted to require real-name registration, but the proposal was met by “fierce opposition,” Xinhua said.

>> Cause then even the few guys in the government who hate the government would be found out.

“Conditions are not yet mature for implementing real-name registration as we lack reliable technology for privacy protection and identity verification,” Huang Chengqing, secretary general of the ISC, was quoted as saying.

>> ya, what if others could get that info..’we’d hate for someone else to get to them before we do’

But he said service providers were still responsible for the content of the blogs. Chinese leaders often try to block online material deemed pornographic or a threat to communist rule.

>> or honest, accurate, non fiction…

“Blog service providers who allow the use of pseudonyms may be more attractive to bloggers, but they will be punished by the government if they fail to screen illegal information,” Huang was quoted as saying.

>> who isn’t punished by the government?

The Xinhua report did not provide additional details of banned information, but other measures called for in the pledge include not spreading pornography and not speaking ill of other nationalities, races, religions and cultural customs. Bloggers also should not spread rumors or libelous information, it said.

>> so what are they going to talk about? By those guidelines they can’t even make fun of Britney for christsakes!

“Blog providers should monitor and manage comments … and delete illegal and bad information in a timely manner,” the document said.

>> it’s always someone else’s problem.. pig blames blog providers.. blog providers blame bloggers.. bloggers blame whoever they want.. where does it end? Come to China play the ‘Blame game’

Blog service providers such as People’s Daily online, Sohu.com, Sina.com.cn and cn.msn.com have said they would abide by the pledge, Xinhua reported. 

… remember.. encouraged :def. verb ‘the knife held up to your throat’

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