Censor by seizure: Authorities have ordered all websites and blogs based in China to register or be closed down. In the latest effort by the communist government to police cyberspace, commercial publishers and advertisers can face fines of up to 1 million yuan ($120,000) for failing to register, according to the Ministry of Information Industry website. Private, noncommercial bloggers must register the complete identity of the person responsible for the site. The ministry said 74 percent of all sites have already registered.
All public media in China is controlled by the state, though internet limits have lagged behind as advances in technology and the web's rapid spread outstripped Beijing's ability to keep tabs on users and service providers.