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Chinese authorities have announced that 62 Websites will face penalties either for broadcasting online audio and video programs with banned content or for providing the service without state permission.

The State Administration of Radio Film and Television said in a circular yesterday that these sites were found to have violated relevant regulations as a result of a two-month inspection, which concluded on February 20.

They were punished for broadcasting obscene, fear-inspiring or violent content or programs that might endanger national security and interests, or for offering such services without the required qualifications or certificates, the circular said.

The administrations banned 25 Websites, including the popular www.mopvod.com, from providing audio and video services as they had offered the services without authorization and had frequently broadcast illegal programs.

Another 32 sites, including the well-known www.tudou.com, were warned over minor violations such as airing illegal programs less frequently.

The cases of five others, which had no qualifications to provide audio and video services online but still did so, were transferred to telecommunications authorities.

Under new regulations that took effect on January 31, Website operators must get a license before airing audio and video content.

In July 2004, the SARFT enacted regulations to certify audio and video programs on the Internet and other networks.

(Xinhua News Agency March 21, 2008)

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