An official with the Ministry of Public Security Thursday is
blaming violence and pornographic on the Internet as the main cause
of juvenile crimes in China.
Wu Heping, spokesman of the Ministry of Public Security, said at
a press conference that preliminary statistics show that nearly 80
percent of juvenile delinquents have been lured into crime by "evil
content" on the Internet.
"From the cases we cracked in recent years, we found a high
proportion of young people who were found guilty of cheating, rape
or robbery were using the Internet and were corrupted by online
filth," Wu said.
China's security system will say it will 'purify' cyberspace
according to laws and make efforts to create a healthy cyber
environment, Wu said.
China has roughly 123 million Internet users, most of whom are
The Ministry of Public Security, along with nine other
government departments, announced last week they will launch a
campaign to restrict the spread of pornography on the Internet in
Over the next six months, the ministries will crack down on
illegal on-line activities such as distributing pornographic
materials and organizing online strip shows, and purge the web of
sexually-explicit images, stories, and audio and video clips.
The campaign will also target illegal on-line lotteries and
contraband trade, fraud, and content that spreads rumors and is of
a slanderous nature.
At the same press conference Wu also said China's police would
learn from the Virginia campus shooting and take measures to
tighten gun control.
"The tragedy in the US has affected many lives of young
students. We feel equally sad about that but it reminds us to
strengthen management over the use of guns," Wu said.
Barring those who need to carry guns on duty, people in China
are banned from owning or carrying guns, Wu continued.
"China is not like the US in that the Chinese government and
police always maintain tight controls over firearms, which can be
easily turned into murder weapons," he said.
In the deadliest shooting rampage in modern U.S. history, Cho
Seung-hui, a 23-year-old student of the Republic of Korea (ROK),
killed 32 people and then himself at the Virginia Tech University
(Xinhua News Agency April 19, 2007)