China Tightens Restrictions for Web Sites on Sexual Health
June 30, 2009
Starting July 1, China will enforce new rules that will allow only government-sanctioned medical institutions to provide sexual health-related content on Web sites, with all such sites requiring approval by provincial-level health authorities.
Sex is a taboo topic in China, though interest in sexual health and reproductive education has risen along with income levels and changing social attitudes.
Liang Peiding, who runs a Web site that offers information on sexual health, said the ministry should not have jurisdiction to monitor online content. "Currently in China, parents never talk about sex with their kids, who instead gain sexual content through pornographic films. We use the Internet to guide them properly," he said.
Pan Suiming, director of the Institute of Sexuality and Gender at Beijing's Renmin University, called the new guidelines "mistaken."
Wall Street Journal
06.26.2009; Jeremy Chan
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