Feeds

Beijing cyber cafe fire kills 24

Authorities clamp down on Net

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

The mayor of Beijing has ordered the closure of all Internet cafes in the city following a fire in which 24 people were killed and 13 injured.

The blaze broke out on Sunday morning at the Lanjisu Cyber Cafe in the outskirts of the city.

Witnesses said that there were bars on the windows and the only door into the cyber cafe was locked.

Most of those at the cyber cafe were students studying at local universities.

The fire drew a swift and heavy-handed response from the authorities with critics claiming that they have used the blaze as an excuse to clamp-down on cyber cafes and people's access to the Internet.

State media reported that Mayor Liu Qi ordered a three-month long anti-fire inspection of all cyber cafes in the city.

Operation licences are not being granted to any new Internet cafes and those that already possess certificates to operate are being forced to re-register, the mayor said

Only around 200 cyber cafes in Beijing are licensed. The rest - around 2,200 including the Lanjisu Cyber Café - operate illegally. ®

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012
Thanks for the £3k, Zuck. Doh! you're IN CREDIT. Guess not
Google Glassholes are UNDATEABLE – HP exec
You need an emotional connection, says touchy-feely MD... We can do that
YARR! Pirates walk the plank: DMCA magnets sink in Google results
Spaffing copyrighted stuff over the web? No search ranking for you
UK.gov pushes for SWIFT ACTION against nuisance calls, threatens £500k fines
DCMS seeks lowering of legal threshold to fight rogue firms
Just don't blame Bono! Apple iTunes music sales PLUMMET
Cupertino revenue hit by cheapo downloads, says report
Hungary's internet tax cannot be allowed to set a precedent, says EC
More protests planned against giga-tariff for Tuesday evening
US court SHUTS DOWN 'scammers posing as Microsoft, Facebook support staff'
Netizens allegedly duped into paying for bogus tech advice
ISPs handbagged: BLOCK knock-off sites, rules beak
Historic trademark victory, but sunset clause applies to future blocks
prev story

Whitepapers

Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
How to simplify SSL certificate management
Simple steps to take control of SSL certificates across the enterprise, and recommendations centralizing certificate management throughout their lifecycle.