China Requiring Bloggers to Register
Wednesday, May. 23, 2007 By AP/ALEXA OLESEN Article ToolsPrintEmail
(BEIJING) — New rules by a Chinese government-backed Internet group maintain strict controls over the country's bloggers, requiring them to register with their real names and identification cards.
The guidelines from the Internet Society of China, a group made up of China's major Internet companies, contradict state media reports this week claiming that China was considering loosening registration requirements for bloggers to allow anonymous online journaling.
The society's new draft code of conduct seen on its Web site Wednesday says Web log service providers must still get their users' real names and contact information.
Critics say the requirement violates a blogger's right to freedom of expression and puts them at risk of punishment or imprisonment if they post controversial opinions about politics, religion or other issues.