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China Closes Down The Internet– make the country more like North Korea

Posted by Author on December 26, 2009


Gordon G. Chang, The Forbes, 12.25.09 –

This week, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology released regulations, dated Dec. 15, requiring the registration of all Web sites.

MIIT’s justification was the need to eliminate sexual content. As a Ministry spokesman stated, “This is about mobile pornography, it’s not referring to any other issue.”

The explanation, however comforting it sounds, is disingenuous. The wording of the rules is broad enough to cover all sites, domestic and foreign, whether or not they carry sex-themed material. “Domain names that have not registered will not be resolved or transferred,” the regulations state. In other words, unregistered sites will become unavailable to users in China.

Today, Beijing blocks a multitude of sites, in effect creating a blacklist. Under the new system, there will be a “whitelist”: only registered sites will be accessible inside the country. Once the regulation is fully implemented, China will no longer have an Internet. In effect, it will downgrade to an intranet. At this moment, there are perhaps 270 million Web sites across the world, and only a miniscule number of them will register with the Chinese authorities.

Of course, the whitelist system, which is to be implemented in three phases next year, is completely incompatible with a modern society such as China’s. Already, the country’s traditionally noisy netizens are complaining. They flooded a Twitter-like service run by the Communist Party’s flagship publication People’s Daily, causing the site to be immediately taken down. Moreover, official publications have expressed caution about putting the sweeping rules into effect. Foreign governments are bound to get in on the act because the expansive regulations, by blocking access to business sites, probably constitute a violation of China’s trade obligations.

MIIT tried a similar stunt this spring with its requirement that the so-called Green Dam-Youth Escort filtering software be installed in all computers sold in China from July 1. The Ministry justified this rule on pornography grounds, but many suspect the software was intended to block unwanted political content. After an uproar–from both home and abroad–Chinese authorities admitted they had made a mistake and backed down.

Yet they did not give up. Earlier this month, the country’s top police officer, Meng Jianzhu, publicly said that China’s Internet monitoring–perhaps the most effective in the world–was not good enough. At the time, it appeared he was just moaning, as public security officials have been doing for years. But this week it became clear Meng was getting the public ready for a really spectacular set of regulations……. (more details from The Forbes)

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Email shows China listed U.S. athletes as possible troublemakers in Beijing Olympics

Posted by Author on October 31, 2008


By Christine Brennan, USA TODAY, Oct. 30, 2008-

China’s government was so concerned about the possibility of athlete demonstrations in the Beijing Olympics that it created a list of nine U.S. athletes and one assistant coach it thought might cause trouble at the Games, according to an internal U.S. Olympic Committee e-mail obtained by USA TODAY.

The names included softball players Jennie Finch and Jessica Mendoza and soccer player Abby Wambach, who broke her leg and missed the Olympic Games. It also included two Paralympians, one athlete who wasn’t a member of the 2008 softball team and a top female collegiate golfer. Golf is not an Olympic sport.

“We viewed these concerns as being entirely unjustified and unwarranted,” USOC spokesman Darryl Seibel said in an e-mail Wednesday. “As such, we rejected the request to address this with our athletes. We saw absolutely no need to burden the athletes with this.”

The list was given to USOC officials in a July 8 meeting by Shu Xiao, minister counselor for cultural affairs at the Chinese Embassy in Washington, according to the e-mail.

“Shu appeared quite concerned” about members of the U.S. team staging “some sort of demonstration at the Games,” the e-mail said, because “many of them” were “apparently associated with Team Darfur,” an international coalition of athletes committed to raising awareness about the crisis in Darfur, Sudan.

Seibel said the USOC “communicated to the embassy in clear terms that our athletes would have the same right to free speech and free expression, consistent with what is set forth in the Olympic Charter, that they have enjoyed at previous Games. We made certain those rights would in no way be infringed upon or compromised.”

“This may be the biggest compliment of my life,” Wambach, a member of Team Darfur, said in a phone interview when informed of the list. “If they’re worried about us, maybe we do have more strength as athletes and as people to speak out. This just gives me more empowerment.”

Calls to the Chinese Embassy on Wednesday went unanswered.

USA TODAY

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Hong Kong Authorities’ Visitor Blacklist Partially Exposed Onto Web

Posted by Author on May 11, 2008


Reuters, via The Guardian, UK, Thursday May 8 2008-

HONG KONG, May 8 (Reuters) – Hong Kong authorities came under fire on Thursday for the leak of classified data including individuals on an immigration watchlist, as the city’s tougher immigration policies in the runup to the Olympics face increasing scrutiny.

A source with direct knowledge of the incident said confidential data of a few people on the watchlist had been “unwittingly leaked” by a new immigration department employee.

News of the leak came after the Hong Kong government on Tuesday made it clear that visitors seeking to “disrupt the smooth proceeding” of Olympic activities in the territory were not welcome. Hong Kong will host equestrian Olympics events on behalf of Beijing this August.

The source, who declined to be named, told Reuters an employee who worked at a checkpoint on Hong Kong’s border with China had breached guidelines by taking classified data home.

While he did not intend to share the data with anyone, his home computer carried software which allowed outside users to access the files, the source added. The names on the watchlist were retrieved and circulated among Hong Kong netizens.

Hong Kong’s immigration department said in a statement that it was still investigating the data breach.

The territory’s Secretary for Security Ambrose Lee told reporters on Thursday that he was concerned about the leaked data.

“It’s a serious breach,” said democratic lawmaker James To, who is on the legislative council’s security panel.

“They are the disciplined forces and they have to protect the security of Hong Kong and now it seems they can’t even protect the security of information,” To added.

He said the city now had around 11,000 names on its immigration “watchlist” of individuals including known criminals who might be barred from the city.

Hong Kong, considered to be China’s freest city and highly tolerant of protests, was criticised by rights groups for barring at least six activists, including pro-Tibet campaigners, from entering the city ahead of the Olympic torch relay there last week.

Critics say the former British colony’s heightened immigration curbs are a result of pressure from Beijing, which brooks no dissent.

– Original report from The Guardian: Hong Kong immigration “watchlist” partially leaked onto web

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Free Speech Censored in Australian Soil Due to Pressure From China: MP

Posted by Author on September 17, 2007


By Charlotte Cuthbertson, Epoch Times NZ Staff, Sep 16, 2007-

Following an accredited journalist being taken out of a photo opportunity at Sydney’s APEC meeting last week, a NSW MP has said the Australian Government should not be intimidated by Chinese officials.

NSW Member of Parliament Dr Reverend Moyes called the removal of Epoch Times photographer Sarah Matheson from the Final Leader Declaration photo opportunity due to pressure from Chinese officials a sad day for democracy.

“Freedom of the press should be paramount,” Dr Moyes said.

“Free speech was censored in our soil due to pressure from Chinese [regime] officials. The basic rights of journalists and reporters have been violated and dismissed.”

New Zealand-based Miss Matheson was among around 50 photographers ready to cover the event when a security guard approached her and said Chinese officials had made a complaint about The Epoch Times being present at the ceremony.

“We have copped a huge amount of flak from the Chinese – they are afraid you are going to speak out,” he was quoted as saying.

Miss Matheson, along with several local and international media, were deliberately moved to another location, out of sight of the leaders.

A female officer apparently assigned to stay next to Miss Matheson said: “We live in a democratic country, but when they come over here they have all these demands. We don’t like it either.”

Three black-suited Chinese agents appeared on the scene shortly after and stood “within two metres of me”, Ms Matheson said.

“There was no photo opportunity at this site and we stood there until about 2.50pm when the security lady [Nicole] suddenly ran away – and the Chinese security agents also left.”

APEC media staff then moved the group to a further site by a water fountain where they were able to photograph a few remaining leaders, Miss Matheson said.

Dr Moyes said the incident is a serious breach of basic media rights in Australia.

“This sets a dangerous precedent and is a worrying trend as most Australians are unaware that their basic right to know about Government operations has been eroded,” he said. “This issue is of profound public interest and warrants national prominence and priority.”

Dr Moyes is no stranger to Chinese officials wanting to influence affairs in Australia. Four days prior to the APEC incident, Dr Moyes was host to a China human rights forum inside Parliament House. Chinese officials reportedly called the president of the NSW Upper House, Peter Primrose, a Labor MP, before the forum to seek an urgent meeting.

“I can confirm Chinese Embassy officials approached the Parliament to protest at the holding of a function on human rights in China,” Mr Primrose told The Daily Telegraph .

– Original report from the Epochtimes: “Freedom of the Press Should Be Paramount”

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Australian’s Secret Blacklist Gags Chinese Medias From APEC Functions

Posted by Author on September 7, 2007


By Joe Hildebrand, Daily Telegraph, Autralia, September 07, 2007-

THE Australian Government has secretly blacklisted a host of Chinese media organisations and journalists from official APEC functions in an effort to avoid exposing Chinese President Hu Jintao and other dignitaries to embarrassing questions.

APEC officials have also been distributing a list of names of members of The Chaser TV show in order to prevent them slipping through and have been ordered to bar one of Sydney’s main commercial radio stations from a pool media group if the other cannot attend.

The Daily Telegraph has learned APEC officials have drawn up a list of Australian Chinese media that have not been permitted to register for APEC, including at least one respectable newspaper with links to the State Government and a journalist who had already been given accreditation.

The list is headed “CHINESE MEDIA – Do not register” and includes the names of 14 media organisations, many with links to the Falun Gong.

Other independent Asian media organisations have been marked “reject if required for high-level events”.

Many of the banned media have links to the controversial Falun Gong but are also considered to be legitimate news organs.

One significant international newspaper The Epoch Times was one of the first newspapers to carry in-depth coverage of SARS, well before the Chinese Government publicly admitted there was an epidemic that went on kill 350 people.

The Migration Heritage website credits The Vision China Times as providing “an unbiased insight into the current Chinese society, legal system and government as well as enriching the lives of young to middle-age Chinese immigrants.

An APEC task force spokesman said the issue was a matter for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

– original report from Daily Telegraph : Chinese media gagged to avoid leaders being embarrassed

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Audio: Massive Deportation Happening in Hong Kong Airport- heavy police, force used

Posted by Author on June 30, 2007


Sound of Hope International Radio Network, Jun 30, 2007-

Here’s an radio report from Sound of Hope International Radio Network about the massive deportation ongoing, which is the larggest deportation case happened in Hong Kong history, with a live interview with a lady Ichun Ko, a Taiwan Falun Gong practitioner who’s currently detained in Hong Kong Airport.

Program Length: 13′ (click on Play button to listen)

The following is the transcript excerpt of the radio report – Australian based Sound of Hope (SOH) reporter Ben Smith interviewing Ms Ichun Ko, a Falun Gong practitioner from Taiwan who is currently detained along with hundreds of others in Hong Kong airport.

Ms Ichun Ko Arrived in Hong Kong at 11pm Friday June 29 on China Airlines flight CI 619. They were situated in the duty free area at the time of the interview. The Interview was done via mobile phone at 8.30pm June 30.

SOH reporter: Tell us what the situation is over in Hong Kong now, please give us the details from when you first arrived until now.

Ichun Ko: Yesterday (Friday June 29) around 500 Falun Gong practitioners entered Hong Kong airport, but from what we understand is that around 250 have been detained at the airport.

There are actually more Falun Gong practitioners who have entered Hong Kong today(Saturday June 30). As far as we know, some practitioners who entered immigration yesterday have had their passports taken and subsequently detained. There are a number of different location where the Falun Gong practitioners are detained. Some practitioners are held in a small room, others are in the departure lounge.

After seeing other practitioners with their passports taken and detained, the Falun Gong practitioners further back of the line have since stopped moving forward to hand in their passports. Currently the situation can be described as very tense.

SOH Reporter: Have you witnessed any violence against the people who have been detained?

Ichun Ko: So far we have heard that there are no more Falun Gong practitioners handing forward their passports and that there are a number of practitioners being detained in different locations.

There’s a new group of Falun Gong practitioners who have not been processed at immigration and were just in the flight transfer area. From there they could see a small room where some Falun Gong practitioners were detained. They saw what happened to those detained practitioners and which can be described as brutal. The Falun Gong practitioners were wrapped up in blankets which were secured with some black material. The bound practitioners were then dragged out on the floor.

The Falun Gong practitioners detained in the rooms were treated like this in groups and they were taken or dragged out of the room at different intervals within a few hours.

From what we can see is that there is a small room holding Falun Gong practitioners. We cannot see the practitioners detained elsewhere and do not know what their current situation is.

Currently there’s around 50 Falun Gong practitioners who have witnessed their fellow practitioners being detained and sent back so have held on to their own passports. They are currently staying in the flight transfer room doing the Falun Gong exercises, meditating or reading.

This is what we have been seeing.

In the whole process, it appears that the Hong Kong authorities have mobilised a heavy police, security and staff force to keep watch on the practitioners.

As mentioned earlier. The room where the Falun Gong practitioners have been kept is under heavy police watch. The practitioners who have not been processed by immigration and have held on to their passports have also been surrounded by police. Consequently, neither group can get in contact with the other. On top of that there’s also a green screen to separate the Falun Gong practitioners so that other tourists cannot see what is happening to them.

It can be said that there has been a heavy movement of police and security personnel, yet the authorities seem to want to keep what is really happening from being seen by others. This is the current situation as we can see.

SOH Reporter: What reason are the authorities giving for not letting you into Hong Kong?

Ichun Ko: Initially, the Hong Kong authorities gave no reasons as to why the practitioners have been detained. Afterwards they have simply stated that the reason is the practitioners are not welcome.

SOH Reporter
: How many Falun Gong practitioners are with you now?

Ichun Ko: I can see about 50 or 60 Falun Gong practitioners. I know there’s a lot more than that but I cannot see them. I’m not sure the exact number of Falun Gong practitioners here.

SOH Reporter: What about food and bathroom facilites, has access been given for these?

Ichun Ko: The situation today is that the Falun Gong practitioners who have been surrounded by police have had no access to food or toilets. They were surrounded for quite a few hours. So the situation is that the surrounded practitioners do not have access to food or toilets.

SOH Reporter: So the police are surrounding a group of Falun Gong practitioners?

Ichun Ko: Yes the other group is also surrounded insofar as that they are separated from the other Falun Gong practitioners.

original report from Sound of Hope radio network

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Three Australian Falun Gong members deported by Hong Kong

Posted by Author on June 30, 2007


Melbourne Herald Sun, Australia, June 30, 2007-

THREE Australians, Falun Gong practitioners, have been deported from Hong Kong ahead of the Chinese president’s visit there to mark the 10th anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover to China, their supporters say.

Stacey Miao Chen Lin Lan, Fan Chiang Fu Long, and Huang Yueh Hsiu were detained by Chinese authorities on June 29, two days before the anniversary, said the Falun Gong’s Falun Dafa Information Centre.

At this stage Mr Fan and Ms Huang have been deported, and Ms Lans’ whereabouts cannot be confirmed, the statement said.

The Falun Gong was banned in mainland China eight years ago.

The group says at least 500 Falun Gong detainees have been deported from Hong Kong in the past few days.

“(It) appears to be the latest drive by the Special Administrative Region (SAR) to block Falun Gong practitioners from entering the country ahead of Chinese President Hu Jintao’s visit to mark the 10th anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover to China,” the centre said.

Falun Gong practitioners will protest against the deportations in Sydney’s Chinatown at 12.30pm tomorrow.

– original report from Melbourne Herald Sun: Australian Falun Gong members deported 

Related :
–  Larggest repatriating case in Hong Kong history: 260 taiwanese denied entry

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Larggest repatriating case in Hong Kong history: 260 taiwanese denied entry

Posted by Author on June 30, 2007


According to Taiwan Falun Dafa Association, massive repatriate happened in Hong kongrepatriated Falun Gong protested in hong kong airport has reach the record in history.

Till 6:00PM of Jun. 29, 2007, about 260 taiwanese Falun Gong members denied entry in hong kong and forced repatriated. The number is keep on rising.

Hong Kong Falun Dafa Association will sue the Hong Kong government on Jun. 30.

Chinese government ordered to control all the medias including Chinese and English medias in Hong Kong to reduce the impact of this incident to minimum.

There’s a lot reports from the western medias these days admiring Hong Kong’s status of politics and freedom, by ignore the large incident that is happening.

Till now, there are only 3 media reports on this incident available : from AFP, Taipei Times, and San Diego Union Tribune, which is sourced from REUTERS.

All the other western medias, including AP, UPI, AAP and CP, keep silence, in front of this shocking case.

Are they waiting for the Chinese Communist Party’s order?

Photo above: Taiwanese Falun Gong members protesting in Hong kong airport. They were denied entry by hong kong government, which is according to a blacklist with their name on it owned by Hong Kong.

Chinese report can be found from the Epochtimes here

Related:
Leaked fax: How 140 Taiwan Falun Gong members denied entry in Hong Kong, press release, FalunInfo.net, 6/28/2007
US asks Hong Kong to maintain freedom after Falun Gong incident, AFP, Jun. 27, 2007
Taiwan Slams Hong Kong Human Rights Backward on Falun Gong Travel Ban, Radio Taiwan International, Taiwan, 06/27/2007
Blacklist: Hong Kong Turns Away 40 Taiwan Falun Gong Activists, San Diego Union Tribune, June 27, 2007

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Leaked fax: How 140 Taiwan Falun Gong members denied entry in Hong Kong

Posted by Author on June 29, 2007


Press release, Falun Dafa Information Center, 6/28/2007-

NEW YORK – Hong Kong’s immigration authorities have blocked over 140 Taiwanese practitioners of Falun Gong from entering the region in the days leading up to a scheduled annual protest, the Falun Dafa Information Center has learned.

On July 1, Hong Kong will mark the tenth anniversary of the Special Administrative Region’s return to Chinese rule, a date on which officially-sponsored celebrations are annually accompanied by large-scale marches and protests demanding greater freedom and democracy in Hong Kong.

The Falun Dafa Information Center has obtained a copy of a fax sent from Hong Kong’s immigration authorities to a Hong Kong airline. Through July 1, “Falun Gong followers will be regarded as unwelcome travelers to Hong Kong,” the fax states. The immigration authorities promised to provide the airline with a blacklist of Taiwanese Falun Gong adherents, who would be refused entry upon arriving in Hong Kong. The authorities requested that these people be prevented from boarding their flights from Taiwan.

According to the AFP news service, the US State Department issued a statement in response to the incident urging Hong Kong authorities to uphold “personal and political freedom.” (news) Several Taiwanese government officials, including Government Information Office Minister Mr. Shieh Jhy-wey, also condemned Hong Kong’s actions. (news)

Since 2001, approximately 400 Falun Gong practitioners, including children, have been refused entry to Hong Kong, usually around “sensitive” dates. These people traveled to the Hong Kong SAR in order to participate in legal, peaceful protests meant to call for an end to the ongoing persecution of Falun Gong adherents in China. Under the “One Country, Two Systems” policy, Hong Kong and Macau are the only places in China where such protests can generally take place without being violently broken up by police.

Over the past year in Hong Kong, agents allegedly working for the communist regime in Beijing have threatened Falun Gong practitioners and vandalized their public displays that aim to expose the persecution in China. Practitioners in Hong Kong also report difficulties renting venues for events and say their protests are met with silence by the Hong Kong media.

“This continuous attack on Falun Gong under the influence of the Chinese communist regime is an insult to the people of Hong Kong and a slap in the face of the ‘One Country, Two Systems’ promise,” says Erping Zhang of the Falun Dafa Information Center.

“It’s a shame Hong Kong leaders continue to kowtow to help the Chinese communist regime hide its crimes and silence innocent victims,” Zhang says.

In 2003, the Hong Kong Immigration Department denied using a blacklist when it barred from the SAR 80 Taiwanese Falun Gong practitioners who had come to attend a conference. Many of the 80 Taiwanese say they were violently deported in the incident, which has since led to a lawsuit filed against Hong Kong immigration authorities.

– original report: Bowing to Communist Regime Pressure, Hong Kong Blacklists Falun Gong – Leaked Fax Details Plan to Bar Falun Gong from Airline Flights

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Blacklist: Hong Kong Turns Away 40 Taiwan Falun Gong Activists

Posted by Author on June 28, 2007


REUTERS, via San Diego Union Tribune, June 27, 2007-

TAIPEI – Hong Kong has turned away more than 40 Taiwan Falun Gong practitioners ahead of China-Hong Kong handover anniversary events this weekend, travellers and a Taiwan official said on Wednesday.

Since Sunday, travelers who could normally expect to enter Hong Kong said immigration officials there as well as airline and ticketing agents in Hong Kong and Taiwan have halted their trips, apparently because their names appeared on a blacklist.

‘The Falun Gong blacklist is very open,’ said Chu Wan-chi, a Taiwan lawyer and practitioner of the spritual movement outlawed by Beijing. She was barred from traveling.

Some of the people not allowed to travel had intended to protest this weekend on the 10th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to China after 150 years of British colonial rule.

Since about 2000, the spiritual movement Falun Gong has struggled with Chinese officials for recognition. The movement remains legal in Hong Kong.

Chinese President Hu Jintao is scheduled to visit Hong Kong during the weekend. Chinese officials see protests as disruptions of their public appearances and ceremonies.

‘To not let them in is regrettable,’ said Taiwan cabinet spokesman Shieh Jhy-wey, adding that human rights in Hong Kong had declined under Chinese rule.

‘This kind of situation shouldn’t happen.’

The Hong Kong immigration department spokesman’s office had no immediate comment.

– original report from San Diego Union Tribune: Hong Kong turns away Taiwan Falun Gong activists

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Taiwan Human Rights Lawyer Denied Entry in Hong Kong

Posted by Author on June 27, 2007


AFP via Yahoo! News, Jun 24, 2007-

HONG KONG (AFP) – A top Taiwanese member of Falun Gong was Monday repatriated after being denied entry to Hong Kong to protest in the run-up to the 10th anniversary of the city’s return to Chinese rule.

Theresa Chu, a lawyer, arrived in the territory on Sunday evening but was refused entry because her visit was “not conducive to public good,” she was told by an immigration officer, said the Hong Kong Association of Falun Dafa, part of Falun Gong.

An officer at the airport immigration department told AFP that Chu, who had successfully entered the former British colony last week with a valid travel document, was repatriated on Monday morning.

She could not be reached on her Hong Kong mobile phone but Kan Hung-cheung, a spokesman at Falun Dafa, said she had appealed the decision.

He said more than 100 Taiwanese members of Falun Gong, outlawed in China as a dangerous sect, have also been denied entry here for a series of protests planned in the run-up to the anniversary of the handover on July 1.

It was not the first time Chu has had difficulties getting into Hong Kong. In 2003, Chu and more than 80 other Falun Gong practitioners were denied entry on arrival to attend the group’s activities.

She is one of the plaintiffs in a joint application involving Taiwanese and Hong Kong practitioners for a judicial review of refused entries.

China outlawed the Falun Gong, which combines meditation with Buddhist-inspired teachings, as an “evil cult” in mid-1999 and practitioners have subsequently faced often brutal repression.

There are an estimated 300,000 Falun Gong adherents in Taiwan.

@AFP

– original from Yahoo News : Top Falun Gong member barred from Hong Kong

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