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October 12, 2007 / lazybug

Commies and the Internet

Communists are known to manipulate what the public gets to read / watch in newspapers, television and the Internet is no different. This, as they will convince you, is in the people’s greater interest.

China has been censoring the Internet ever since it realised the power it possesses in reaching people and allowing them to air their anti-government views. A report published by Reporters Without Borders shows that China is employing sophisticated methods to censor content published on the websites operating out of China. This is pathetic, but then what else can you expect from commies?

After a newspaper reported in 2006 that the Taiwanese electronics firm Foxconn, which makes iPods, mistreated workers, some Web sites received SMS messages saying: “Do not disseminate reports about the Foxconn case so that it is not exploited by those who want independence to advance their cause.” 

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Violators face penalties. In May, two popular Web sites–Sohu and Bokee–were fined for ignoring a directive not to run reports from sources other than the official Xinhua news agency regarding the death of Huang Ju, a senior leader.

Source: ZDnet

A glance through the report shows even more shocking commie practices. Like this one:

The executives and editors of online companies are subjected to another kind of ideological control. An “online media trip to the place where communism was born” has been organised once a year since 2004. These are the companies that have been invited: Sohu, Sina, Netease, TOM, Zhonghua, Baidu, Beiqing, Zhongguo Sousuo, Xilu, Xici, Yahoo!, Hexun, Daqi, Qihu,
Bokee, Soufang, Qianxiang Hudong and Kongzhong.

These media were asked to publish articles about the trip. The portal Netease, for example, was forced by the Beijing Information Office to post an article about this year’s trip on its home page for 24 hours. The headline was: “Twenty Beijing-based electronic media go to Guangxi in search of the revolution’s traces.” The portal Sohu had to post a similar article.

The full report in PDF format is available here.

For people like me and many other bloggers this is a reminder of the freedom that we enjoy and often take for granted since we were born in a free country. Pro-democracy activists in China lead an underground life and use the Internet to air their views. The best thing about the Internet as compared to other media of course it that censoring it is very difficult. There’s always a way around.

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  1. Liju Philip / Oct 12 2007 9:50 am

    Commies…aah. They belong to an altogether different universe. They even forced the almighty Google and Yahoo to toe their line.

    But surprisingly, a colleague of mine here in S’pore who is a mainland Chinese told me that even thought the govt bans a whole lot of websites there, every chinese knows tons of proxy servers which allow them beat the firewall and to browse what they want.

    So, looks like the “Great firewall of China” is not working so well.

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