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China vows further crackdowns on "unhealthy" content

Further signs that China will continue censoring the Internet in China: President Hu Jintao was reported as saying that "unhealthy" content should be purged from the net and replaced with Communist doctrine, the BBC reports.

The comment came at the Communist Party Politburo, which pledged to impose firmer propaganda controls on the net. In January Hu said officials must nurture a healthy online culture.

"Development and administration of internet culture must stick to the direction of socialist advanced culture, and adhere to correct propaganda guidance," the Politburo meeting resolved, reported China Central Television (CCTV).

The latest rumblings come during a crackdown trend, in which directives ordered the "purifying" of TV and demands that stations reserve prime-time slots for "ethically inspiring TV dramas." The BBC says the steps are all part of a clean-up before the Party's 17th Congress, at which ""major leadership changes" are expected, the South China Morning Post reported on Tuesday.