China's parliament is considering legislation that would require people to register under their real names to post blogs or commentary on the Internet, a proposal seen by many as another step toward censoring the Web.

Lawmakers say the requirement is needed to protect individuals' privacy and to stop people from abusing anonymity to spread accusations that often turn out to be false.

Opponents, however, contend the initiative is an attack on freedom of expression online.

In comments posted on the very Internet forums targeted by the proposed legislation, a number of people said the move was a response to recent episodes where anonymous denunciations on the Web exposed major corruption in various local governments across China.

Those scandalous revelations followed statements by outgoing President Hu Jintao and anointed successor Xi Jinping that identified corruption as a threat to the survival of the Chinese political system. EFE