Police In China Crackdown On Nude Web Photos

    February 21, 2008

Chinese police are cracking down on any Web sites or individuals who distribute the nude photos of several Hong Kong celebrities.

Police in Beijing warned that anyone found distributing the pictures online will be detained for a maximum of 15 days. Posting the photos online violates the Security Administration Punishment Law, the Chinese media reported. "If someone transmits more than 200 of the photos as a package on the Internet, the sender will be prosecuted for criminal liability," a Beijing police official said.

Hong Kong police said around 1,300 personal photos of the celebrities had been stolen by workers at a computer repair shop who were fixing a laptop thought to belong to singer and actor Edison Chen.

Police in the city of Shenzhen, which borders Hong Kong, have arrested 10 people in connection with producing selling and purchasing compact discs of the photos.

On Monday the Beijing Association of Online Media lashed out at China’s most popular search engine Baidu for allowing the photos to be accessed through its site. The group said," Baidu still hasn’t implemented effective blocking and obscuring of the photos and has become defensive and procrastinated, leading to the stagnation of a large amount of pornographic, filthy pictures."