The Ministry of Culture announced Friday that a new crackdown on
unlicensed Internet cafes will be launched nationwide from July 1
to August 31.
Internet cafes without proper licenses are to be closed and owners
will be prosecuted. Those providing sites for Internet cafes
without permission will also face prosecution, said Liu Yuzhu, an
official with the ministry.
Authorities will pay more attention to fire control equipment in
cyber cafes during the action, he added.
severe fire at an unlicensed Internet cafe in Beijing killed 25
people and injured 12 on June 16.
The action will be carried out by four government departments: the
Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Public Security, the Ministry
of Information Industries and the State Administration for Industry
Legal Internet cafes are also required to reregister by October 1,
According to the Ministry of Culture, there are more than 200,000
Internet bars in China, of which 46,000 are legally registered.
legal Internet bar must have documents concerning safety granted by
the police, a special license for culture-related businesses and a
general business license granted by commerce regulators.
Agency June 29, 2002)