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China Defends Internet Censorship Practices

Posted by Author on June 8, 2010

VOA News, 08 June 2010 –

The Chinese government
has defended its policy of censoring the Internet and cautions other nations to respect how it polices the world’s largest online population.  Some in the international community fear China’s high-technology methods for controlling information are gaining popularity with oppressive governments around the world.

There were no surprises in the Chinese government’s new white paper, as it reiterated its determination to heavily censor Internet access in the world’s most populous nation.

It calls for other countries to respect its Internet laws, which it says are a matter of national sovereignty.

China’s communist leaders seem more than ever determined to control content for the country’s estimated 400 million Internet users.

The white paper issued Tuesday says censorship is “an indispensable requirement for protecting state security and the public interest.”

The country spends hundreds of millions of dollars to control the Internet.  Its restrictive measures, known by some critics as the Great Firewall, are continually reviewed and upgraded.

The controls bring strong criticism from many countries, including the United States, and the United Nations.

U.S. Embassy spokeswoman in Beijing Susan Stevenson says Washington opposes China’s Internet policy.

“As President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton have stressed on many occasions, the U.S. government is strongly committed to Internet and press freedoms and we are opposed to censorship,” Stevenson said.

Lucie Morillon, with the media freedom pressure group Reporters Without Borders, says concern is growing that other governments, such as Iran and Burma, are copying China’s policies.

“China has been playing a leading role in defining Internet control with a lot of technical means and resources behind it, plus a lot of intimidation against net citizens,” Morillon said. “And this is a model that is being exported to different countries, which are following the Chinese model.”…… (more details from VOA News)

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