China has made encouraging achievement in the campaign against pirated and porn products and their manufacturers and sellers in the past dozen years but a long-term and well-coordinated strategy is necessary for further crackdown, a member of China's influential advisory body said Friday.
A total of 127 production lines capable of producing more than one billion pirated compact discs a year have been seized since 1989, said Gu Xiaofeng, member of the Ninth National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).
Yet the government's campaign against pornographic and other illegal publications remains an arduous and long-term task, said Gu, also deputy director of the General Administration of Press and Publication.
Illegal publications, as represented by vulgar Japanese cartoon books and pocketsize pornographic publications, have had very bad effects on young readers, he said.
The vendition of pirated publications, pirated textbooks and CDs in particular, still runs rampant in some places, and the smuggling of finished CDs remains to be curbed.
Since 1989, Gu said, law enforcement task forces throughout the country have confiscated over 100 million copies of illegal publications, 280 million copies of illegal audio and video products and 13 million pornographic publications, and closed down over 3,000 laser disk cinemas since 1989.
Nine audio and video product manufacturers of pornographic and pirated CDs have also been shut down.
Noting that the crackdown on such illegal and pornographic products is a long-term and complicated task, Gu said the role of grassroots neighborhood committees, urban communities and rural towns should be brought into full play.
(People's Daily March 8, 2002)