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China backs down on blog rules

05 June, 2007
By Allison Orr

The Chinese government’s recent attempts to compel all bloggers to register using their real names have failed in the face of resistance from the internet industry and users.  The government will still encourage users to register under their own names by promoting a “self-discipline code”, but it will not be mandatory.  The guidelines of this code are being drafted by the Internet Society of China, who is promoting this system as a way of avoiding a more restrictive real-name system.

While political content contrary to government views is regularly blocked for China’s 140 million users and participation in some online communities is restricted, postings on blogs often cover issues that would be unacceptable in the state-run media.

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