Commentator Calls on Authorities to Shut Down all Commercial Internet Cafes

October 12, 2004

The People's Daily Web site has published a call by Wan Guisheng, a contributor to the People's Daily sister publication, "Market Report," for China to shut down all commercial Internet cafes. According to Wan, commercial Internet cafes pose a severe threat to China's youth, and because of their "mobile and hidden nature," the only effective way to confront the problems they cause is to shut them all down. Wan argues that the only entities that should be allowed to operate Internet cafes are "public service organs" and "social organizations" that are administered by government agencies.