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China shut 1600 internet cafes
China shut 1600 internet cafes between February and August and imposed US$12.1 million worth of fines for allowing children to play violent or adult-only games and other violations, state media said. Of 1.8 million internet bars inspected, 18,000 were ordered "to stop operation for rectification," Xinhua news agency quoted Zhang Xinjian, deputy director of the Culture Ministry's market department, as saying. "Porn, gambling, violence and similar problems have adversely affected the healthy development of the internet in China," Zhang was quoted as saying, reports New Zealand Herald. The crackdown comes amid a nationwide push to limit violence and pornography on the internet that has seen the government shut down hundreds of websites deemed unsavoury. The Internet Society of China recently released a blacklist of 112 internet protocol (IP) addresses of spam servers. The group urged all those on the list to deal with their junk mail before Oct. 29, informs CBC News
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