China Continues Gambling Crack Down
By Staff
In China, police have detained more than 500 people over the past week in and around the metropolis of Shanghai following a series surprise raids on gambling parlours in the city.

According to a report in the Shanghai Daily newspaper, the Shanghai Public Security Bureau revealed that police visited 2,254 establishments in the city of 18.5 million inhabitants and found illegal gambling taking place at 243. Officials permanently closed 135 parlours that did not have the required business licenses while temporarily shutting down 54.

News of the raids follow last week’s statements by Wang Chen, the Minister for the State Council Information Office, that the dissemination of information relating to gambling was one of the largest threats facing China’s 253 million Internet users. It came third on his list behind the spread of rumours and the exaggeration of news but ahead of invasion of privacy and virtual harassment. The playing of unhealthy online games was fifth on Chen’s list preceded by fraud and the selling of inferior goods.

Delivered during a speech at the Eighth Forum On Internet Media Of China in Chongqing, Chen urged the country’s online media to help foster a society of integrity and honesty. He stated that such trends were ‘posing a major challenge’ to the Chinese Government’s efforts at regulating the nation’s expanding online community and stressed the need for increased supervision of the Internet in order to bar objectionable elements from cyberspace.
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