China Proposes Rule Allowing Police to Cut Internet Access During 'Crisis'

By Li Rongde

(Beijing) — China is looking to further tighten its grip on the internet with a draft rule that would allow police — all the way down to the county level — to cut off access to the internet for a period of time during natural disasters, public health crises or times of social unrest.

"If necessary, police authorities at the county level and above can take measures to control the internet to deal with emergency situations after getting approval from the provincial or central governments," said a draft revision to the 1995 People's Police Law, released by the Ministry of Public Security on Thursday.

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