China launches crackdown on online terrorist material

BEIJING, June 20 (Xinhua) -- China launched a campaign on Friday to rid the Internet of audio and video materials that promote terrorism and violence.

The move is aimed at safeguarding social stability in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and long-term peace, according to a statement from the State Internet Information Office.

The authorities will prevent terrorist materials produced overseas from being disseminated in China, clear such information online, punish website servers violating the rules and urge Internet companies to uphold their responsibilities.