China: gov to expand "Great 'Net Firewall," censor web even more

China's President Hu Jintao announced in January plans to "purify" the Internet. Today, one of China's most prominent government censors said that the ruling Communist Party will introduce new laws to crack down on blogs, podcasts, and internet video.

"Advanced network technologies such as blogging and Webcasting have been mounting new challenges to the government's ability to supervise the Internet," Press and Publication Administration head Long Xinmin said, according to Xinhua news agency.

Long said the government was in the middle of drafting the new regulations.

No specific details of the new rules were reported, but Long said they would lead to "a more healthy and active Internet environment."

Link (Thanks, ScottG In NYC)

Previously on BoingBoing:

  • China vows to "purify the Internet"