The internet must be “clean and righteous” and vulgar content must be resisted in the field of culture, Chinese President Xi Jinping told a meeting of senior propaganda officials, state media said on Wednesday.
The government has been tightening controls over internet content as part of what it says are efforts to maintain social stability, taking on “vulgar” and pornographic content as well as the unauthorized dissemination of news.
The moves come amid a broader clamp-down targeting online content from livestreams and blogs to mobile gaming, as the country’s leaders look to tighten their grip over a huge and diverse cultural scene online popular with China’s youth.
Speaking at a two-day meeting, attended by officials from major state media outlets and the internet regulator, Xi said propaganda efforts needed to be put front and center, the official Xinhua news agency said.
“Uphold a clean and righteous internet space,” the report cited Xi as saying.
China shut as many as 128,000 websites that contained obscene and other “harmful” information in 2017, Xinhua reported in January, citing government data.
China’s media regulator has also been cracking down on video spoofs, as part of the intensified crackdown on any content that is deemed to be in violation of socialist core values under Xi.
Despite strict censorship, China has a fairly lively online community of bloggers, who frequently respond to breaking events with humorous – and sometimes risqué – sketches and short videos, although they often face their posts being taken down.
Xi told the meeting that those who work in culture and the arts had to express quality and responsibility and respect the law, Xinhua said.
“Reject the vulgar, the base and the kitsch,” Xi added. “Put forward more healthy, high quality internet works of culture and art.”
The government has stepped up already tight controls over the internet since Xi took power six years ago, in what critics say is an effort to restrict freedom of speech and prevent criticism of the ruling Communist Party.
The government says all countries regulate the internet, and its rules are aimed at ensuring national security and social stability and preventing the spread of pornography and violent content.
China maintains a strict censorship regime, banning access to many foreign news outlets, search engines and social media including Google and Facebook.
Visa Extends Contract With CAF For 4 Years
Visa, a global leader in payment transactions, has extended its contract with the Confederation of African Football (CAF), as a sponsor of the Total Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) for another four years. This means Visa will sponsor the 2019 and 2021 tournaments.
The sponsorship deal will make Visa the exclusive payment services provider at all venues during the Total AFCON tournaments in 2019 and 2021, and will be the preferred payment option for tickets bought both in-person and online. In addition, Visa will be the official partner of the player escort program, giving over 1,100 children the opportunity to lead their football heroes out at the Total AFCON matches.
CAF President, Ahmad Ahmad, said: “The benefits of investing in African football are clear to see, and with football being the number one passion of consumers across the continent we’re delighted to welcome Visa as a sponsor of the Total AFCON tournament. Through this partnership with CAF, Visa will be able to connect further with its customers and leverage CAF as an innovative marketing platform. Africa is now more connected than ever before, and Visa’s payment network will play a vital role in reaching and rewarding fans across the region. I’m certain that together we will take African football to the next level.”
“Football is the most popular sport in the world with an estimated 4 billion fans and the sport intrinsically aligns with Visa’s values of acceptance and inclusion. The Total Africa Cup of Nations tournament is arguably the most important football event in our region where the best of African football comes together.
We are very proud to begin our association with CAF, Lagardère Sports and the Total AFCON tournament to support the growth of football in our key markets,” said Andrew Torre, Regional President, Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (CEMEA), Visa,” said Torre.
EFCC Detains University Students Over Cyber Crime
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Ibadan has arrested 36 suspected internet fraudsters in Ogun State.
The commission’s acting Head, Media and Publicity, Mr Tony Orilade, said this in a statement in Abuja on Thursday.
Orilade stated that the suspects, who were between 19 and 37 years of age, included 23 university students, out of which, nine were ladies who allegedly claimed to be girlfriends and or neighbours of some of the suspects.
He said, “the suspects carry out their activities by sending emails to unsuspecting victims mostly in the United States of America, while others were engaged in romance scam on several dating sites.”
Orilade said other items recovered from the suspects included different models and brands of exotic cars, 18 laptops, 50 cell phones, 300 sim cards and two bags of fetish objects.
The media and publicity acting head said that the suspects would be charged to court after investigation.
Teleology Takes Over 9Mobile
After about eight months when it made the initial $50 million non refundable deposit to acquire 9Mobile, Teleology holdings has been given final approval by the board of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to own the Telecommunications company.
The company has also immediately constituted a new board of directors to manage 9Mobile’s affairs.
One of the new board members, Mohammed Edewor, said Teleology is pleased with all out-going members of the board for helping to shepherd 9Mobile through the critical transition phase it has gone through since July last year.
Teleology was also granted a twenty-day extension to tidy up the payment process and take over 9Mobile. NCC also hinted that even with the final payment, the technical capability of teleology to manage 9Mobile successfully must be put into serious forensic test before operating license could be transferred to it.
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