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HCM City chairman orders crackdown on violent online

Update: July, 16/2010 - 15:10

HCM CITY — HCM City People's Committee chairman Le Hoang Quan has announced measures to reduce violent content in online games and punish environmental polluters.

At a meeting on Wednesday, Quan ordered the Department of Information and Communications to form a joint team with other departments to monitor games to ensure they do not have a bad influence on youths.

He told the department to make a list of games containing violence and report to the People's Committee by the end of this month, and examine legal bases to penalise them.

He sought the media's assistance in tackling violent content and instructed the department to prohibit online games companies from importing violent games.

There has been an outcry recently among the people and media about the bad influence of online games on young minds.

Le Manh Ha, the department's director, said his agency has asked gaming companies to rate their games for violence based on six levels announced by the department.

A game is rated level 1 if there is fighting without weapons, level 2 if individuals fight with knives and swords, level 3 if groups do it, level 4 if individuals fight with guns and bombs, and level 6 if there is mass killing.

Based on the companies' declarations as well as scrutiny by authorities, the department will consider penalties for violence, Ha said.

Quan said the department should encourage Vietnamese producers to create games with traditional and educational content.

He also ordered relevant departments to conduct surprise checks of industrial parks to spot violations of environmental norms.

"Environmental issues are a priority because they can affect the health of people," he said.

He gave permission to use money raised from fines for environmental works and suggested the Government treat severe pollution as a criminal offence. — VNS

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