China defends new Internet restrictions
An AFP newswire article, via Yahoo! News, reports that:
China defended new restrictions on online news content, saying that every country regulates the Internet.
"Any media in any country have to observe laws and regulations," foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang told a regular briefing.
"Any country in the world will regulate the Internet and the media in accordance with law. It's only natural. There's no need to make a fuss about it," he said.
The new rules issued Sunday by the State Council, China's cabinet, require Internet operators to re-register their news sites and police their sites for content that can "endanger state security" and "social order."
Critics have said the rules are aimed at controlling an increasingly independent society that is demanding more rights protection.