Internet Users Face New Restrictions In China
Changes suggest China under new leader Xi Jinping will continue to control internet use.
1:40pm UK, Friday 28 December 2012

China has tightened internet controls, legalising the deletion of posts or pages which are deemed to contain "illegal" information.

The new laws also require service providers to hand over such information to the authorities for punishment.

The move signals that the new leadership headed by Communist Party chief Xi Jinping will continue to muzzle the often scathing online chatter in a country where the internet offers a rare opportunity for debate...



China requires Internet users to register names
By By JOE McDONALD | Associated Press ? 7 hrs ago

BEIJING (AP) ? China's government tightened Internet controls Friday with approval of a law that requires users to register their names after a flood of online complaints about official abuses rattled Communist Party leaders.

Authorities say the law will strengthen protections for personal information. But it also is likely to curtail the Internet's status as a forum to complain about the government or publicize corruption.

"Their intention is very clear: It is to take back that bit of space for public opinion, that freedom of speech hundreds of millions of Chinese Internet users have strived for," said Murong Xuecun, a prominent Chinese writer...