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Media crackdowns: two years before Beijing Olympics(4)

Posted by Author on August 17, 2006

Reporters Without Borders, 7 August– (cont’d)

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The increase in control of Internet content means there is little hope that Internet users and online journalists will be able to offer much of an alternative to all the propaganda that will be deployed to the full during the Games. Censorship and self-censorship are the rule on the Chinese Internet and the authorities recently launched a wave of website closures that have included China Century and Polls.

Freedom of expression declined sharply on the Chinese Internet after new regulations were issued in September 2005 by the Council of State’s information bureau and by the ministry of industry and information. Condemned by many Chinese intellectuals and journalists, these “11 Commandments of the Chinese Internet” have led to the closure of dozens of news websites for violating the constitution, hurting China’s reputation, spreading rumours or on other pretexts.

There is concern that the arrests of bloggers, cyber-dissidents and Internet users will increase on the eve of the Games. Around 50 are currently detained, some of them serving sentences of more than 10 years in prison. (to be cont’d…)

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