China Enlists Internet Cops China already blocks Internet sites the government finds morally or politically threatening. But it can't seem to keep its citizens from logging onto to forbidden sites involving illegal gambling, pirated videos and nudity. So it's calling the police.

China Enlists Internet Cops

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RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.

China already blocks Internet sites the government finds morally or politically threatening. But it can't seem to keep its citizens from logging onto forbidden sites involving illegal gambling, pirated videos, and nudity. So it's calling the police. Starting this week a cartoon policeman will appear every half hour, walking, driving or biking across the screen - just a reminder from the friendly cop on the Internet beat to stay straight.

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