Chinese Porn Crackdown Shuts 60,000 Sites

China has shut down tens of thousands of pornographic websites since the launch of a crackdown in December 2009, the National Office Against Pornographic and Illegal Publications has announced.

Taking another step forward in its mission to create a “harmonious online environment” and prevent the “poisoning” of young minds, the office said that Chinese authorities have examined around 1.785 million websites, culminating in the closure of over 60,000 porn-related and 3,000 unregistered sites.

State run news site People’s Daily Online reports that 2,197 cases of broadcasting pornography across the internet, 1,773 administrative cases and 4,965 people were investigated and punished during the crackdown.

The office is said to have paid about 526,000 yuan (£50,000) to 516 porn informers and has received some 160,000 porn related tip-offs from members of the public.

All levels of government were involved in the crackdown, with the China Mobile Yunnan Branch recruiting 20 mothers to spy on their teenagers’ web-browsing habits to aid the cause, China Daily reports.

“[The] spread of pornography has been effectively curbed and the Internet further purified," the office announced.