Chinese city bans civil servants from watching pornography Communist party tells government officials in northeast China that they must stop watching pornography A staggering 300,000 sex workers are thought to ply their trade in thousands of side-street massage parlours, exclusive hotels, spas and neon-lit karaoke bars Civil servants in northeastern China have been banned from watching pornography as part of growing nationwide push to improve the Communist Partyâ€™s image. A new code of conduct, drawn up for government officials in the city of Shenyang, outlaws gambling, extra-marital affairs, â€œsuperstitious activitiesâ€ and pornography, the Beijing Youth Daily reported on Thursday. Civil servants were now expected to hold themselves to a â€œhigher ethical codeâ€ than ordinary people, the newspaper said. A local government official named only as Mr Zhang told the Beijing Youth Daily the code, which also calls for more honesty and better manners, had taken two years to compile and had undergone 20 revisions. It was not immediately clear how the ban on pornography would be enforced in Shenyang, which is the capital of Liaoning province. The code was widely mocked online with some predicting that Chinaâ€™s scandal-prone government officials would continue to indulge their libidos in other ways. â€œYou can ban civil servants from watching porn but you can't stop them from taking the lead role in their own personal porn films,â€ quipped one user of the Twitter-like micro-blog Weibo. Others took a more sympathetic line. â€œAre civil servants not human beings?â€ wondered one. Shenyangâ€™s pornography ban comes amid speculation that, having launched a major anti-corruption push last year, Beijing is preparing to embark on a widespread crackdown on smut. A high-profile anti-prostitution campaign was launched on Sunday in Guangdong province with more than 6,500 police officers raiding dozens of illegal sex clubs in the city of Dongguan. Since then hundreds of vice-related arrests have been made in other nearby cities, including Guangzhou and Huizhou. Xi Jinping, Chinaâ€™s president, is preparing to launch â€œa protracted crackdown on viceâ€¦ in a big-picture effort to clean up the country's image,â€ wrote Sonny Lo, a columnist for Hong Kongâ€™s South China Morning Post. â€œProvincial and local authorities must now understand what will and will not be tolerated under Xi's strong leadership. Beijing needs to show the world that China, a rising great world power, will not tolerate local-level criminal activities and corruption, and will do all in its power to control them.â€ Ni Tao, a columnist for the Shanghai Daily, said the anti-vice operations suggested president Xiâ€™s, â€œnationwide anti-corruption campaign is increasingly full-blown and aggressive,â€ and was spreading to the entertainment industry, which had become â€œa hotbed for prostitution.â€ Anti-corruption officials were now â€œtaking the fight to where corruption festers,â€ he wrote. Chinese city bans civil servants from watching pornography - Telegraph ***************************************************************** China seems to be a free wheeling country where sex is not taken to be a serious issue. There was this report of the Chinese chief of security, who was having a harem of TV personalities! He has now been exposed since he has retired and does not have the power to intimidate as he had when in service as the Head of the National Security. There are regular reports of the Chinese having a penchant and a yen for extra marital sex. That they are great gamblers is a universally known fact. I wonder how the Chinese Govt will prevent watching porn. They maybe able to blackout the internet, but how will they stop people watching and exchanging pornographic videos. There will also be the problem that the porn industry will go underground and the rates will only go high and speculative. Good intention indeed. But what is the way to succeed is the question.