Bad idea. If this comes West, Western governments are so clueless and compromised at this point that they will censor counter-jihad sites, not jihad ones. Can you imagine David Cameron angering his Islamic supremacist friends and allies by closing jihad sites? Not a chance. But the foes of jihad will be deep-sixed right away — an effort that will be aided and abetted by foes of the freedom of speech on the far Left.
“China says Internet censorship needed to fight terrorism,” Bloomberg, November 21, 2014:
BEIJING — China laid out its reasons for controlling online content at the first government-sponsored Internet conference, saying it is crucial to thwart terrorist attacks in the country.
“In recent years, the Internet has become the major channel for terrorists to organize and to incite violent attacks,” Gu Jianguo, director of the cyberspace security department of the Ministry of Public Security, said at the World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, China. It’s important to have a “safe” Internet, he said.
China is preparing its first anti-terrorism law after a series of attacks that authorities blame on Muslim separatists in the Xinjiang region. While the draft legislation includes measures to regulate terrorism-related information spread via the Internet and to tighten controls on dangerous materials, China also censors material critical of the government and blocks social media websites Facebook and Twitter.
China’s Internet industry, which government data project will grow to 850 million users in 2015, is a threat to national security and will grow worse as more people gain access, conference panelists said.
Chinese President Xi Jinping, in a letter to the conference, wrote that the development of the Internet has brought “new challenges to national sovereignty, safety and interests,” and called for a global effort to build a peaceful and safe Internet space.
Vice Premier Ma Kai, in the opening ceremony, cited the president as having said the Internet could become a treasure vault or Pandora’s box depending on how it’s used. Managing it well “matters to international security and social stability,” he cited Xi as saying, adding the Chinese government will make sure the Internet is safe for its people to use.
The country’s domestic websites and mobile applications are “very clean” after a campaign started earlier this year to remove “violent information,” Gu said. He called for support from the international community to tackle Internet terrorism, as “most of the violent information today is from the foreign websites.”…