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China punishes man for accessing 'foreign internet' in ongoing VPN crackdown

on Jan 9, 2019 | 0 comments

By Shawn Lim

China has fined one of its citizens for using a virtual private network (VPN) to access foreign-based websites.

The Chinese man, identified as Zhu Yunfeng from the city of Shaoguan in Guangdong province, had used a VPN app called Lantern to surf the websites. According to The Financial Times, Zhu was fined 1,000 yuan ($145), which is a fifth of the average monthly wage in China.

Zhu was punished under a 1997 public security law that forbids access to the ‘foreign internet’ without permission. Similarly, in 2018, Pan Xidian, a man from the southern city of Nan’an in Read full story ›

Source: The Drum