Beijing – 8 March 2007
1. Wide of internet users in internet cafe
2. Close up of online gamer
3. Pan from a row of internet users to the computer screen
4. Close up of computer screen showing online Role Playing Games
5. Close up of a row of internet users watching computer screens
6. Close up of screen showing web site with words “China bans opening new internet cafes”
7. SOUNDBITE (Mandarin) Li Xia, an internet user in the internet cafe :
“Quite a number of young adolescents lack self-discipline. They can’t tell what’s good for them from what’s bad. They are unable to make good use of computer on their own.”
8. SOUNDBITE(Mandarin) Mr Wang, an internet user in the internet cafe :
“Lots of people don’t have computers at home. They need to go online to get information and search for materials, especially the college students. So, no more internet cafes can be opened? I don’t think that’s a very good decision.”
Zhen Luoying Village, near Beijing – January, 2007
9. Farmer walking on country road
10. Pan from road to Open E-learning Centre, the central internet learning place for local farmers
11. Close up of logo “Open E-learning Centre”
12. Interior of Open E-learning Centre with farmers sitting at their computers.
13. Various of farmer
14. Web site showing agricultural information
15. Various of farmer learning how to use keyboard
16. Various of farmer learning to surf the internet
17. SOUNDBITE (Mandarin) Voxpop, farmer :
“In the days without internet, We were like frogs at the bottom of a well, not knowing the outside world or the market information. Now we have the internet. We can get connected at home, acquire market information and sell our fruits accordingly. We get richer because of it.”
Beijing – February, 2007
18. Exterior of CNNIC (China Network Information Centre)
19. Assistant director of CNNIC Wang Enhai working
20. SOUNDBITE (Mandarin) Wang Enhai, assistant director of CNNIC:
“We should guide our internet users by showing them the positive contents, and eliminate its negative influence by filtering the negative contents.”
Beijing – January, 2007
21. College student surfing the internet
22. SOUNDBITE (Mandarin) Wang Xin, college student :
“I have learned most of the opinions of the Chinese scholars. They are more or less the same. I really want to expand my vision and gain an international perspective. Because foreign countries have different social institutions and ideologies, their views can enlighten us college students a lot in our study and research.”
23. Wide of internet users sitting in rows
24. Various of girl video-chatting and voice messaging her friend
25. Medium of internet users
26. Internet user watching film ‘Casino Royale’ online
LEAD IN :
China will not allow any new Internet cafes to open this year.
14 government departments, including the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Information Industry, issued a notice on Tuesday (March 6) saying that local governments must not sanction the opening of new Internet cafes.
China’s online population is now 137 (m)million – putting the country on track to surpass the USA in 2008 as the nation with the most Internet users, according to Chinese government figures.
But how to regulate internet use is of concern to the Chinese government.
It’s believed there are about 113,000 Internet cafes in China.
Many are smoke-filled rooms with rows of computers set up for online gaming.
Reactions from Chinese internet users to the government’s new directive have been varied.
Some insist the ban is necessary for young Chinese citizens who have little self control.
Li Xia, an internet user in this cafe, says she thinks people need to guided about going online.
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