The official denials are no surprise.
CPJ research has for years put the lie to these official pronouncements. At least 24 Chinese journalists were jailed at the time of CPJ’s December 2009 prison census, and well over half were picked up for writing online articles that were critical of the government.
Google’s allegations, and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary
on Thursday that
It’s easy to overstate the importance of Web sites that we
all know and use, but Google, Twitter, and Facebook have stiff competition from
local companies in
Here’s an extract from Chen Haozhi of community translation portal Yeeyan, translated by the EastSouthWestNorth blog:
On November 30, the IDC [China Unicom's Beijing Internet Data Centre] gave us a call to say that the Web site was shut down for violations. The supervisory department said that we violated the regulations on news/information services. Our Web site contained contents that violated those regulations and we were being punished. ... Frankly, for the past three years, we thought that we were doing something that was good for society. Very simple and very pure.”
Chen’s experience mirrors that of the other four entrepreneurs
and countless others operating online in
Unlike Google, they can’t threaten to leave; they strike a more prosaic tone. “Life goes on,” Fanfou’s Wang Xing says. And Dou Yi of blogging platform Blogbus sums up: “There is always a key to open the lock. ...The biggest problem will be when we can’t find the key.”