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Surprise! “Mao Zedong Kneeling Statue” Appears on China’s Internet

Posted by Author on May 28, 2011


(NTD) – Recently, a blog article has been widely circulated among Chinese readers. The article shows a statue of Mao Zedong kneeling. Netizens comment thatMao Zedong going down on his knee is inevitable. Commentators point out that criticism of Mao Zedong is getting popular, yet for the heinous Mao Zedong, even “repentance” would not diminish his crimes.

In this article, entitled “Repent, Mao Zedong!” the most engaging part is a statue of Mao Zedong on his knees. In the statue, Mao Zedong kneels down with his right hand over his chest for repentance. Read the rest of this entry »

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China censors take notice of Twitter-style blogs

Posted by Author on July 31, 2010


By David Pierson, Los Angeles Times, USA, July 31, 2010 –

Reporting from Beijing —

Chinese censors blocked access to Facebook and Twitter a year ago for fear the foreign sites could be used to sow political unrest. Now it appears they’re taking aim at the popular Chinese imitators that filled the void.

Known as microblogs, or weibo accounts in Chinese, these personal sites function a lot like Twitter, giving users the ability to post messages and links in short, almost instantaneous bursts. Offered by China’s leading Web portals, microblogs have surged in popularity. The number of weibo users more than tripled this year to 100 million.

The sites were quickly embraced by China’s techie cognoscenti. Celebrities discovered they could be used as promotional tools. Government officials found them an efficient way to reach citizens. And though most weibo chatter is trivial, some intellectuals and activists have used the microblogs to discuss human rights and other topics considered sensitive by China’s censors.

The weibo was an unexpected advance in freedom of expression at a time when authorities were clamping down on Internet communication. But hopes of a wider opening were dashed this month when some of the sites were temporarily shut down. Four major portals — Sina, Sohu, Tencent and Netease — said their weibo services went down for maintenance. Internet experts were dubious. More likely, they said, authorities forced the shutdowns to impose stricter oversight and controls.

That could mean pressuring portals to hire more staff to delete content seen as challenging the state’s authority. This week, for example, search results for “Cantonese” and “Guangzhou” were blocked from some portals after Cantonese-speaking residents demonstrated in that southern city to protest the growing use of Mandarin, China’s official language.

Wu Mingliang, a magazine editor who has used his weibo to highlight rights issues and abuse cases, said his account vanished one recent morning.

“The page didn’t exist anymore,” said Wu, who had about 1,000 followers subscribing to his feeds. “I was shocked.”

The government goes to great lengths to sanitize the Internet in China. It forces websites to delete objectionable material and pays Internet users to sway opinion on forums. It also maintains a vast censorship apparatus, nicknamed the Great Firewall, to filter information flowing in from abroad. Some savvy Chinese netizens have learned to jump that barrier using technology that links their Chinese computers to servers located outside the country, beyond the reach of state minders. Still, these proficients remain the minority among China’s estimated 420 million Internet users.

Meanwhile, the government is bent on tightening its grip. In the last year alone, authorities have taken aim at pornography and violent computer games. They mandated that computer manufacturers install filtering software on all new personal computers sold in China (though they later retreated when the much-criticized program proved ineffective). Then Google Inc. shut most of its China-based operations, citing increasing government censorship and cyber assaults from hackers suspected of targeting the Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists.

But regulating weibo service could prove an especially big challenge for Chinese authorities. That’s because of the burgeoning number of users, which is growing by about 10 million a month, and the speed at which they can post messages.

“It’s very difficult to control these [microblogging] sites,” said Jeremy Goldkorn, founder of the Beijing-based Danwei.org, which covers media in China. “No matter how great the Great Firewall is, all it takes is one guy to post the complete works of Master Li of the Falun Gong,” Goldkorn said, referring to the founder of a spiritual group that is outlawed here.

The growth of social media clearly has alarmed Beijing. Authorities last year shut down access to Twitter and Facebook from inside China. Many here believe it was because protesters used those services to communicate and organize during ethnic riots in China’s restive Xinjiang province. A government think tank recently released a report alleging that U.S.-born sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube could be used by Washington to overthrow foreign regimes.

“We must pay attention to the potential risks and threats to state security,” the report said. “We must immediately step up supervision of social networking sites.”

Local police in Beijing are now holding workshops for Internet industry employees aimed at increasing their vigilance over anti-government material.

Jason Ng, a prominent blogger, attended a meeting this month, the same day Sohu’s microblogging service went offline. He described the event to his followers on Twitter by accessing the service through a server located outside China.

“They told us we had to delete illegal material, especially anti-government information” anywhere it was found, Ng said in an interview. “One security official said they had to shut down a major weibo portal that day and the boss of the company had to go meet with authorities at night, even though it was raining.”

Well-known political blogger Michael Anti, whose recent posts include information on the Guangzhou protests, said he too is feeling the heat. Anti said he recently was contacted by an editor at the portal Sina who told him to tone down his weibo feeds if he didn’t want his content blocked. Anti capitulated. He’s decided to save sensitive material for his Twitter account. Like Ng, the Beijing resident accesses Twitter through a foreign server to avoid Chinese censors.

“Microblogs are going to be more and more nonpolitical,” Anti said. “It’s just going to be entertainment.”

What’s clear is that most of China’s most-followed microbloggers are celebrities. More than 2 million people subscribe to comedian Yao Chen’s Sina weibo.

There, she posted photos of her tour of an earthquake-stricken region of China, as well as shots of one of her more recent purchases: a cream-colored Chanel sweater embroidered with the brand’s name in Chinese.

Los Angeles Times

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China censors turn their sights on microblogging

Posted by Author on July 16, 2010


Reporters Without Borders, 16 July 2010 –

Reporters Without Borders
is concerned about a new crackdown on social-networking tools, especially microblogging services. Dozens of microblog accounts went down yesterday including those of blogger Yao Yuan and lawyer Pu Zhiqiang, who was interviewed by the Associated Press. Four of the leading Chinese microblogging services, Netease, Sina, Tencent  and Sohu, were yesterday displaying messages saying they were down for maintenance or had inexplicably reverted to an earlier “beta” testing phase.

“This latest censorship attempt shows that the Chinese authorities, who are obsessed with maintaining political stability, mistrust microblogging and its potential for spreading information and mobilising the public,” Reporters Without Borders said.

“Nonetheless, despite the massive resources that the regime deploys to control the Internet, it is impossible to keep track of all the flow of information on Twitter and its Chinese equivalents,” the press freedom organisation added. “Microblogging is also used by the government itself as well as by millions of Chinese who have nothing to do with dissidents.”

A form of short blog with a maximum of 140 characters, microblogs are have become very popular among Chinese Internet users for disseminating social messages and opinions because of their speed and ability to grab people’s attention. Access to Twitter is blocked by the Great Firewall of China but the site is still accessible for people who know how to use proxies and other censorship circumvention tools.

China’s microblogging services are nonetheless scrutinised by censorship filters which analyse both the posts and the shortened URLs that appear in them. For example, here is a link to a recent Reporters Without Borders press release: http://fr.rsf.org/chine-les-autorites-en-croisade-contre-l-07-05-2010,37411.html. And here is an example of a shortened version of the link obtained by a link shortener such as Bit.ly that microbloggers would use because of the need to keep the message to within 140 characters: http://bit.ly/a5F8it. These shortened links are also monitored by the censors in order to block access to undesirable sites……. (more details from Reporters Without Borders)

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China censors’ next target: microblog

Posted by Author on July 14, 2010


By WSJ Staff, The Wall Street Journal, July 13, 2010 –

Users of China’s microblogging services are on edge after a series of unexplained glitches in the last two days disrupted the popular Twitter-like social-networking tools, raising fears of a government crackdown.

First, the microblogging service on Web portal Sohu.com became inaccessible over the weekend, before resuming service. Then on Monday a “beta” icon — suggesting testing of some sort — appeared beside the logo for Sina Weibo, Sina.com’s popular service, and also on microblogging services by Netease and Tencent as well. Then, on Tuesday evening, users reported that Netease’s microblogging service was suddenly “under maintenance” and accounts were inaccessible.

Lianhe Zaobao, a Chinese-language newspaper based in Singapore, reported on its website that the Sohu outage was due to censorship compliance issues, causing users to speculate that microblogging, an increasingly popular Internet application, may be in danger of being restricted or shuttered…….. (more details from The Wall Street Journal)

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Tension grows in China between “harmonized” netizens and online censorship

Posted by Author on May 30, 2010


By John Boudreau, The Mercury News, U.S. 05/29/2010 –

SHANGHAI
— When blogger Isaac Mao recently announced online an upcoming talk by a Beijing writer whose work is banned by the government, police showed up at his door at night to “convince” him to cancel the event, which he eventually agreed to do. But just to be sure, authorities turned off the electricity at the planned meeting space and barred the doors.

Chinese officials say such actions are aimed at creating “social harmony.” In the sarcastic lexicon of Chinese netizens, Mao was “harmonized” that April evening.

“They won’t arrest you to stop you, but they pressure you,” said Mao, whose website is blocked by the government. “They pressured the owners of this space and they threatened to close it down. Many people worry about losing their jobs. That’s why many people self-censor themselves.”

With more than 400 million Chinese now online — and 100 million more expected to join them by the end of the year — netizens are increasingly bumping against the limits of expression imposed by officials.  Google’s recent decision to stop censoring its search site highlighted the tension between those who want an unfettered Internet and government efforts to suppress “unhealthy” and “subversive” activity. And it revealed to many Chinese how far the government will go to block certain information, Mao said.

China’s leadership views the Internet as an integral part of economic growth, but makes no apologies for censorship efforts so formidable they’ve been dubbed the Great Firewall of China. President Hu Jintao has said the stability of the nation depends on the government’s ability to “cope” with the Internet.

The government is so determined to control public opinion that it hires bloggers — dubbed the “50-cent army” because of what they are paid per post — to promote its views online. It also backs censorship-friendly social networking sites. And officials are considering a plan to require Internet users to reveal their identity before commenting in public forums.

When “very allergic topics spread quickly” and the government can’t block every Internet posting about them, officials issue orders banning entire topics, pressuring companies that host discussion boards and blogs to fall in line, said tech blogger Hong Bo, who has received government warnings to stop writing on sensitive issues, such as Google’s recent defiance of censorship regulations.

It’s not uncommon for young people to alert friends through mobile phone text messages to blog posts they have written — and the importance of reading them quickly before they are blocked, said Lisa Li, founder of China Youthology, which examines the attitudes and beliefs of those 15 to 25……. (more details from The Mercury News)

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China’s latest mystery: Hu Jintao and the vanishing micro-blog

Posted by Author on February 24, 2010


Jane Macartney in Beijing, Times Online, Feb. 23, 2010-

China’s President startled the internet at the weekend by opening a micro-blog – the Chinese equivalent of Twitter.

Fascinated netizens began signing up at the rate of more than ten people a minute. But a day later the account of Hu Jintao disappeared.

A brief pro-forma note this morning on the empty site, hosted by the Communist Party mouthpiece People’s Daily Online, said simply: “This item cannot be found, the author may have erased it.”

That fails to explain the mystery of the president’s missing micro-blog.

Did the famously cautious leader of 1.3 billion people decide he wasn’t ready for such open interaction? Has he joined the ranks of those censored by the Great Firewall of China? Was it a case of identity theft? Had the People’s Daily failed to carry out the proper checks? Or was it a simple computer error?

A newspaper report on the sudden disappearance offered two official explanations. One was that the site simply crashed under the onslaught of 1,000 people an hour signing up to follow President Hu’s micro-blog.

The second was that a recent upgrade created an automatic micro-blog for anyone who had registered their identity in the People’s Daily chatroom – as the president did for an online conversation with the public on June 20, 2008.

A notice on the website said all “Strong Country VIP” accounts were temporarily suspended to allow confirmation of the identities.

Whatever the case, the outcome is a severe embarrassment for People’s Daily Online. Today, would-be micro-bloggers were unable to register new accounts, at least for the moment, despite the notice that said users were still welcome despite the apparent overload the day before.

Registered followers of President Hu will be disappointed. He had yet to post a single blog before the site disappeared……(The Times)

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China’s repression continues after Beijing Olympics, media and dissidents fight back (4)

Posted by Author on February 8, 2009


Reporters Without Borders, 5 February 2009 –

Internet censorship – back to the bad old ways

The authorities unblocked access to dozens of news and human rights websites when the foreign journalists who had come to Beijing to cover the Olympic Games began to complain. But once the games were over, the government bodies in charge of controlling the Internet gradually eliminated this meagre “Olympic legacy.” The Reporters Without Borders website was one of the first to be blocked again. The Amnesty International site became inaccessible again in January.

Access to the Chinese-language news sites of Asiaweek (http://www.yzzk.com/cfm/main.cfm), Mingpao (http://www.mingpao.com/) and Voice of America (VOA) and the Hong Kong (http://www.hk.youtube.com) and Taiwanese (http://www.tw.youtube.com) versions of the video-sharing website YouTube was blocked in December.

The leading international news media have also seen their websites blocked again. The Chinese-language sites of the BBC World Service, Radio France Internationale and the New York Times are all now inaccessible.

Foreign ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao (刘建超) explained that “some websites” had content that “violates Chinese laws,” adding that “I hope the websites will practice self-restriction in terms of what they publish.”

A few weeks later, on 5 January, the government introduced new regulations aimed at combating “vulgar content” and “protecting privacy” -goals which are nonetheless being used as a screen for imposing additional restrictions on online free expression. More than 90 websites have already been blocked, some of which have nothing to do with porn or invasion of privacy.

The police closed the Chinese website Zhongguo Nongchanpin Shichang Zhoukan (中国农产品市场周刊) in September because of its articles on the contaminated milk power. The Hi.baidu.com website was blocked by the authorities in November. Finally, the political blog portal Bullog.cn was closed in January. The directive issued by the authorities was very clear: “The http://www.bullog.cn website is publishing a lot of negative information in the public domain. We already asked it to correct this, but the site has still not taken any effective measures. It is now necessary that the hosting organisation block the domain name – HOLD domain name bullog.cn.”

The government’s reaction to Charter 08’s circulation on the Internet has been virulent. The webpolice have had the manifesto removed from thousands of websites and blogs. When Chinese Human Rights Defenders did a Chinese-language search with Google three days after Charter 08’s launch, they found that the authorities had blocked 86 per cent of the websites that had posted it.

But some Internet users have fought back. Wang Zhaojun (汪兆钧), for example, filed a complaint before the supreme court in January against Sina.com, a leading portal, for closing down his blog after he posted an article about the changes in Chinese society to come in 2009.

Despite the relentless censorship, China’s 210 million Internet users have been the protagonists or witnesses of a great deal of online activity in which, for example, Sanlu’s contaminated milk powder and a strike by taxi drivers have widely commented…….. (to be cont’d)

Repression continues six months after Beijing Olympics opening ceremony, but media and dissidents fight back, The Reporters Without Borders

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China new online censorship campaign argeting political and human rights

Posted by Author on January 13, 2009


Reporters Without Borders, 13 January 2009 –

Reporters Without Borders regards the campaign against Internet porn that China launched on 5 January as just a pretext for reinforcing online censorship. More than 90 websites have so far been blocked, but some of them have no pornographic content. Foreign ministry spokesperson Jian Yu nonetheless insisted today that “China takes a positive and open minded attitude toward the management of the Internet.”

“The online Great Wall no longer suffices for the government, which is using porn as a pretext to block websites where people express themselves freely,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Internet users have shown they know how to breach the Great Wall and the government’s persistence proves that it fears the Internet’s appropriation by Chinese citizens.”

The press freedom organisation added: “The Olympic torch is now definitely extinguished and the government’s much-vaunted liberalisation is no more. The campaign against political dissidents is now out in the open.”

The government began its campaign on 5 January by ordering Google and Baidu, China’s two most popular search engines, to “take more effective measures” to combat online porn.

But in practice the campaign is much broader and is also targeting political and human rights content. Amnesty International reported yesterday that its website, which was rendered accessible in China on 1 August, a week before the start of the Beijing Olympic Games, has again been blocked.

Brushing aside the allegation, Jian Yu of the foreign ministry said this kind of accusation was made by people who “are ignorant of China’s situation.”

Bullog (http://www.bullog.cn), a political blog portal, has been inaccessible since 9 January. The portal’s editor, Luo Yonghao (罗永浩), has posted a note that includes the text of the directive issued by the Beijing Bureau of Information calling for its closure.

The directive says: “The http://www.bullog.cn website is publishing a lot of negative information in the public domain. We already asked it to correct this, but the site has still not taken any effective measures. It is now necessary that the hosting organisation block the domain name – HOLD domain name bullog.cn.”

The portal groups some well-known political websites and blogs, some belonging to people such as Ran Yunfei 冉云飞, Baozuitun 饱醉豚, Liao Wendao 梁文道 , Ai Weiwei艾未未, Wang Xiaoshan 王小山, Mo Zhixu 莫之许, Wu Yue San Ren 五岳散人, Shi Nian Kan Chai 十年砍柴 and A Ding 阿丁. all signatories of Charter 8, a manifesto calling for democratic reform inspired by Charter 77, the manifesto issued by Czechoslovak dissidents in 1977.

Bullog was already suspended in October 2007, but Luo Yonghao managed to get it reopened by promising the authorities to be “vigilant about site content.”

The government meanwhile announced today that it wants to reinforce the state media such as CCTV and the news agency Xinhua. Writing in the Communist Party’s ideological newspaper, which sets the political priorities each year, Propaganda Bureau chief Liu Yunshan said: “It has become urgent for China to ensure that our communication capacity matches our international prestige.”

As a result, China is planning to spend 17 billion yuan (2 billion euros) on boosting the influence of these two news media.

Reporters Without Borders

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The Internet drives China to loosen its grip on the media

Posted by Author on November 21, 2008


Reuters, Via International Herald Tribune, November 20, 2008 –

BEIJING: The Chinese news media’s increased reporting of protests over land, labor and investment issues reflects an attempt by the government to manage the impact of bad news by acknowledging it, according to two people familiar with the decision-making process.

“The Chinese government has started to loosen its control on the negative information,” said one of the people, an academic close to the propaganda authorities who declined to be identified. “They are trying to control the news by publicizing the news.”

A Communist Party official confirmed that the policy on dissemination of news had gradually changed this year. “It’s almost impossible to block anything nowadays, when information can spread very quickly on the Internet,” said the official, who was not identified because he was not authorized to speak to the news media. “We also noticed that it will benefit us if we report the news first.”

The propaganda authorities have issued an order authorizing news organizations to report on unrest, rather than allowing rumors to take hold among Chinese worried about the effects of the global financial crisis on the mainland’s economy.

Strikes by taxi drivers and protests by newly laid-off workers have been reported regularly, as have riots in Gansu Province this week and a mass petition in Beijing. The shift, if it continues, would be a bold move for China, which legalized the reporting of death tolls from natural disasters only in 2005.

The Chinese media were allowed unprecedented freedom in the first week after the devastating earthquake in Sichuan Province on May 12, which killed nearly 70,000 people and unified the country over a dramatic rescue effort. But coverage shifted to accolades for central government leaders and soldiers as soon as questions began to surface about why so many schools had collapsed in the quake.

A blackout of bad news during the Olympic Games in August caused a lag in reporting about milk tainted with melamine that ultimately killed at least four babies and made thousands sick.

“The central government has permitted the local authorities to publicize negative news themselves, with no need to report to upper governments any more,” the academic said. “They have a principle of ‘report the facts quickly, but be cautious on the causes behind the facts.”‘

Official news organizations often lag behind reports posted on the Internet by bloggers and investigative reporters, and usually play down any elements that might raise distrust of the Communist Party, which values stability.

Thousands of people rioted this week over a resettlement plan in Longnan, a poverty-stricken region of Gansu Province where 1.8 million people were made homeless by the Sichuan earthquake. Protesters in Wudu, a city in Longnan, attacked officials and the police with iron rods, chains, axes and hoes and threw stones, bricks and flowerpots, according to the local government’s report of the incident.

Its emphasis on the demonstrators’ violence toward the authorities echoed similarly graphic denunciations of Tibetan uprisings in towns across southern Gansu in March.

Xinhua, the official news agency, made an unusual acknowledgement Thursday of protests in the capital, when it reported that nearly 400 people, angry at losses in an illegal Chinese fund-raising scheme, had gathered in Beijing. The petitioners gathered at the municipal government office Wednesday and left after “persuasion” by staff, Xinhua said.

International Herald Tribune

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New Report Exposes China’s Key Mechanism of Online Censorship, Surveillance and Propaganda

Posted by Author on October 12, 2007


Reporters Without Borders, 10.10.2007-

In partnership with Reporters Without Borders and Chinese Human Rights Defenders, a Chinese Internet expert working in IT industry has produced an exclusive study on the key mechanism of the Chinese official system of online censorship, surveillance and propaganda. The author prefers to remain anonymous.

On the eve of the 17th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), which opens this week in Beijing, Reporters Without Borders and the Chinese Human Rights Defenders call on the government to allow the Chinese to exercise their rights to freedom of press, expression and information.

“This system of censorship is unparalleled anywhere in the world and is an insult to the spirit of online freedom,” the two organisations said. “With less than a year to go before the Beijing Olympics, there is an urgent need for the government to stop blocking thousands of websites, censoring online news and imprisoning Internet activists.”

This report shows how the CCP and the government have deployed colossal human and financial resources to obstruct online free expression. Chinese news websites and blogs have been brought under the editorial control of the propaganda apparatus at both the national and local levels.

The use of the Internet keeps growing in China. The country now has more than 160 million Internet users and at least 1.3 million websites. But the Internet’s promise of free expression and information has been nipped in the bud by the Chinese government’s online censorship and surveillance system.

“Journey to the Heart of Internet Censorship” explains how this control system functions and identifies its leading actors such the Internet Propaganda Administrative Bureau (an offshoot of the Information Office of the State Council, the executive office of the government), the Bureau of Information and Public Opinion (an offshoot of the party’s Publicity Department, the former Propaganda Department) and the Internet Bureau (another Publicity Department offshoot).

The report also documents how the Beijing Internet Information Administrative Bureau has in practice asserted its daily editorial control over the leading news websites based in the nation’s Capital. It gives many examples of the actual instructions issued by officials in charge of this bureau.

The last part of the report gives the results of a series of tests conducted with the mechanism of control through filtering keywords. These tests clearly show that, though there are still many disparities in the levels of censorship, the authorities have successfully coerced the online media into submission to censor themselves heavily on sensitive subjects.

This report recommends using proxy servers, exploiting the different levels of censorship between provinces or between levels in the administration and using new Internet technologies (blogs, discussion forums, Internet telephony etc.)

Download the full report from Reporters Without Borders

– Original report : A “Journey to the Heart of Internet censorship” on eve of party congress

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MySpace Forces Chinese Users Self-discipline

Posted by Author on August 27, 2007


The U.S. social networking website MySpace is asking its Chinese users who registeredMyspace China from China, to move their accounts from U.S-based server MySpace.com to China-based server MySpace.cn, by Wednesday, otherwise users will face having their accounts deleted, reported by Interfax– an organization providing politics and business news in Asia area.

Luo Chuan, CEO of Myspace China Site- MySpace.cn, told Interfax of the decision but deny to give details.

This happens just a few days later after blog service providers in China were asked to sign “self-discipline pact”with the government, including Microsoft and Yahoo, who also have their Chinese language website hosted in China.

The forced migration is obvious a step to force the Chinese user to follow the order of  self-discipline.

The report said:

“A notice on MySpace.com to users logging on from China gave two options. The first is to move their accounts to MySpace.cn, which is “governed under the laws and regulations of the People’s Republic of China including any such laws and regulations requiring disclosure of one’s data.” The second option is to delete their current MySpace.com account and then re-register on the site. Although this latter option would allow Chinese users to stay on MySpace.com, they would lose their existing data “due to technical reasons”, according to the notice.

Users who fail to make a choice by Wednesday will have their accounts deleted. “

By doing this, Myspace has put itself into a role as part of Chinese government’s law enforcement, though it’s a U.S business company.

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China: Microsoft, Yahoo Sign “self-discipline” Pact to Censor Blog

Posted by Author on August 24, 2007


Reporters Without Borders, 23 August 2007-

Reporters Without Borders condemns the “self-discipline pact” signed by at least 20 leading blog service providers in China including Yahoo.cn! and MSN.cn.

Unveiled yesterday by the Internet Society of China (ISC), an offshoot of the information industry ministry, the pact stops short the previous project of making it obligatory for bloggers to register, but it can be used to force service providers to censor content and identify bloggers.

“The Chinese government has yet again forced Internet sector companies to cooperate on sensitive issues – in this case, blogger registration and blog content,” the press freedom organisation said. “As they already did with website hosting services, the authorities have given themselves the means to identify those posting ‘subversive’ content by imposing a self-discipline pact.”

Reporters Without Borders added: “This decision will have grave consequences for the Chinese blogosphere and marks the end of anonymous blogging. A new wave of censorship and repression seems imminent, above all in the run-up to the Communist Party of China’s next congress.”

Under the new pact, blog service providers are “encouraged” to register users under their real names and contact information before letting them post blogs.

More seriously, they will be required to keep this information, which will allow the authorities to identify them. These companies have already in the past provided the police with information about their clients, resulting in arrests.

The pact says “blog providers should monitor and manage comments … and delete illegal and bad information in a timely manner.” Articles 11 and 12 urge them to equip themselves with a secure management system that allows them to keep bloggers’ details, including their real name, address, contact number and email address.

ISC secretary-general Huang Chengqing was clear yesterday when he said: “Blog service providers who allow the use of pseudonyms may be more attractive to bloggers, but they will be punished by the government if they fail to screen illegal information.”

The companies are also urged to adopt “sincere self-discipline and, of their own initiative, to protect the interests of the State and Party.”

These are some of the blog service providers who have agreed to sign the pact – Msn.cn, Renmin Wang, Xinlang, Sohu, Wangyi, Tom, Qianlong Wang, Hexun Wang, Boke Tianxia, Tianji Wang, Yahoo.cn, Huasheng Zaixian, Bolianshe and Tengxun.

– Original report from Reporters Without Borders : Government gets blog service providers to sign “self-discipline” pact to end anonymous blogging

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Top 10 Posts Last Week (Jul 23~29, 2007)

Posted by Author on July 31, 2007


  1. Video: China Secret, 6 Years Ago Today on Tiananmen Square
  2. Photo: China Modern Torture Methods (3)- Sexual Abuse
  3. List of China Modern Torture Methods (slideshow)
  4. Photo: China Modern Torture Methods (10)- Death Bed
  5. Photo: China Modern Torture Methods (2)-electric shock
  6. Photo: China Modern Torture Methods (1)– Burning
  7. China pregnancy issue: 46% Shanghai girls had sex with Internet boy friend
  8. Photo: China Modern Torture Methods (11)– “tiger bench”
  9. China Modern Torture Methods (12)- “Hell confinement”
  10. Photo: China Modern Torture Methods (4)- Psychiatric drug abuse

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China No. 1 Blogger Arrested Over Stock Investment Messaging Services

Posted by Author on July 14, 2007


By Geoff Dyer in Shanghai, The Financial Times, UK, July 12 2007-

China’s proliferation of unregulated investment advice companies and private “hedge funds” could be under threat after the arrest of a blogger whose online stock tips made his site one of the country’s most popular.

Wang Xiujie, 35, was arrested in the north-eastern city of Changchun after an investigation into his unauthorised investment consulting business, Xinhua news agency reported. No charges have yet been filed.

The popularity of Mr Wang’s blog turned him into one of the phenomena of China’s recent stock market frenzy, in which millions of new investors opened share trading accounts. His blog is one of many unlicensed investment advice and fund management operations to have sprung up over the past 18 months and which have begun to attract the attention of regulators.

Mr Wang set up his stock-tip site in 2005 under the name Daitou Dage 777 – which means “senior big brother” and is the name of a famous kung fu character. The site claims to have received more than 33m hits and local media in May branded it China’s most popular blog, eclipsing that of a popular actress.

Mr Wang, who claims to have been a stockbroker in the 1990s, also used personal messaging services to deliver share tips. Chinese media reports have said he made Rmb10m ($1.3m) for his investment advice.

As part of the explosion in informal investment companies, many investment “studios” have sprung up to offer stock tips for a fee to new investors. Meanwhile, hundreds of private investment funds – referred to as hedge funds in China – have been established to trade clients’ money.

Some of these unlicensed funds are run by professional investors, others by relative newcomers investing their friends’ and families’ savings. By some estimates, private funds now have $50bn under management – roughly a third of the formal sector.

Government officials have been debating for months which of these activities to clamp down on and which to allow.

Neither the China Securities and Regulatory Commission, the stock market regulator, nor Jilin province police would comment on Mr Wang’s arrest.

Lawyers said it was unclear whether his detention was part of a broader regulatory move against informal investment companies.

Song Yixin, a partner at Wenda law firm in Shanghai, said the case “could be viewed as a benchmark in the industry, with the government using it as a warning to other unlicensed activities”.

Copyright The Financial Times Limited 2007

– original report: Chinese blogger held over stock tips

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China Closed 2 Tibetan Literary Websites

Posted by Author on July 13, 2007


Radio free Asia, 2007.07.10-

HONG KONG—Authorities in the northern Chinese city of Xian have closed a literary Web site run by a Tibetan, apparently for posting “political” content, the editor said.

The site, known as “The Lamp,” claimed some 800 registered forum users. It was closed July 4 by Internet police in the city, the editor told RFA’s Tibetan service.

“When we called the [service provider], they thought perhaps it was due to the detection of political content by the Chinese Internet police,” the editor said, adding that the Chinese service provider was unsure of the reasons for closure.

An official who answered the phone at the state-owned Xian Technology Ltd, a company that sells and distributes Web sites, declined to comment on the case.

The site, which comprised a main Web site, weblog, and discussion forum, employed the editor, a technician, and an administrative assistant, the editor said.

One contributor to the site said its closure had distressed the Tibetan community it served.

“The sudden closure of this Web site has disappointed many young Tibetan readers. Many have already expressed their disappointment on another Web site called ‘Tibetan Language.’ Several college students called and informed me how they miss our Web site,” he said.

Another site closed

“Usually the Chinese authorities are very suspicious of Tibetan Web sites. They suspect political activities when we run Web sites in Tibetan. They think that Tibetans inside and outside China use these forums for separatist actions.”

The editor said another Tibetan-language site he edited, “China’s Tibetan Residential Education Network,” was closed at the same time.

“The Chinese government issued rules on July 1 requiring …the name of an author [to appear] at the end of each article posted on a Web site. If the Web site contains articles on sensitive topics, the Web site or the author could be fined 4,000-60,000 yuan (U.S. $526-U.S. $7,893),” he said.

“The topics specified were writings on security, unity of the nation, ethnic unrest, writings against the Constitution and … unity of nationalities,” the editor said.

Political debate in China over the registration and disclosure of authors’ real names on content posted in Chinese cyberspace has continued for more than two years.

The country’s Web watchdog, the Internet Society of China, has published a suggested “self-discipline” code encouraging bloggers and online authors to reveal their true names.

But the move has drawn criticism from some of the biggest Internet service providers, who say anonymity is one of the attractions of blogging and forum participation, and who fear losing large numbers of Chinese customers to overseas service providers.

Detentions reported

According to the Paris-based press freedom group Reporters Sans Frontieres (RSF), at least 30 journalists and 50 Internet users are currently detained in China, some of them since the 1980s.

“The government blocks access to thousands of news Web sites. It jams the Chinese-, Tibetan-, and Uyghur-language programs of 10 international radio stations. After focusing on Web sites and chat forums, the authorities are now concentrating on blogs and video-sharing sites,” RSF said in a statement on its Web site.

Chinese Internet users who do not use proxy servers are blocked from searching with keywords considered subversive by the country’s Internet police.

Critics are frequently sentenced to jail terms for “divulging state secrets,” “subversion,” and “defamation.”

– Original report from Radio free Asia: Chinese Authorities Close Tibetan Literary Web Site

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China moves to ban anonymous online posts and chating

Posted by Author on July 6, 2007


Chatroom users will be required to register with their real names after an internet campaign mobilised 10,000 people to join a protest march

Times Online, July 6, 2007- 

Anonymous online postings are to be banned by a city in China, after residents mounted a successful internet campaign against proposals for a huge chemicals factory.

Internet users will have to provide their real names, backed up by data from their identity cards, when posting messages on more than 100,000 websites registered in Xiamen. Authorities are taking action after thousands of residents of the prosperous southern port city marched through the streets, mobilised by mobile phone text messages and an internet-based campaign.

Protesters used their mobile phones to send text reports, as well as photos and videos, to bloggers and websites in other cities, which posted live reports of the march. The local government has suspended construction of the £700 million chemicals plant, pending an investigation into the potential environmental risk.

Tian Feng, vice-director of the Xiamen Bureau of Industry and Commerce, said that a new law, the Measures for Management and Disposition of Harmful and Unhealthy Information on the Internet, would be announced soon by the city government. “All postings must implement a real-name system. We are the first in the country to do this,” Mr Tian said.

The law obliges anyone who wants to chat online to register using their identity card. Moderators of political noticeboards will be required to use their real names, and anonymous comments will be banned. Messages will be vetted before they are posted.

One government official said that the protest had shown the necessity to control content on the internet. He said: “Those who illegally spread harmful or bad information will be detained or fined.”

Internet censorship is common in China, where the Government employs an elaborate system of filters and tens of thousands of human monitors to survey the surfing habits of its 140 million internet users.

Dozens of outspoken journalists and internet commentators are serving lengthy prison terms after being jailed on charges such as subversion or leaking state secrets. Internet cafés are required to inspect and register the identity cards of all users, but this is not widely enforced, particularly outside the larger cities.

Lian Yue — real name Zhong Xiaoyong — a writer and blogger who posted real-time footage of the march on his website, was swift to comment on the planned crackdown on anonymous postings. He wrote: “The awakening of public power can perform a key influential function in environmental protection. That small step for Xiamen’s citizens should have become a giant leap for the progress of environmental protection in China. Unfortunately, some local Xiamen officials perhaps did not see this as an honour, and subconsciously felt that they had lost face.”

The clampdown seems unlikely to deter those people who dare to criticise the Government online or to voice dissenting opinions, since most are already well known to the police, and their actions are carefully monitored. Those involved in Xiamen were not political dissidents, but ordinary citizens anxious to protect the environment of their pretty seaside town, which has become a winter escape for Beijing’s wealthy, and also the value of their homes.

original report from Times Online

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‘Citizen journalism’ Battles China Censors

Posted by Author on June 26, 2007


from AFP, published on Ninemsn, Australia, 24 Jun 2007-

In the strictly controlled media world of communist China, “citizen journalism” is beating a way through censorship, breaking taboos and offering a pressure valve for social tensions.

In one striking example this month, the Internet was largely responsible for breaking open a slave scandal in two Chinese provinces that some local authorities had been complicit in.

A letter posted on the Internet by 400 parents of children working as slaves in brickyards was the trigger for the national press to finally report on the scandal that some rights groups say had been going on for years.

The parents’ Internet posting was part of a growing phenomenon for marginalised people in China who can not otherwise have their complaints addressed by the traditional, government-controlled press.

“The phenomenon of ‘citizen journalism’ suddenly arrived several years ago,” said Beijing-based dissident Liu Xiaobo, who was one of the student leaders of the 1989 Tiananmen democracy protests.

“Since the appearance of blogs in particular, every blog is a new platform for the spread of information.”

He cited the example of a couple in the southwestern city of Chongqing who became known as the “Stubborn Nails” in April because they refused to leave their home until they received adequate compensation from the property developer who wanted them out.

They quickly became household names in China — and symbols of resistance against greedy land developers and corrupt local authorities — mainly thanks to Internet postings.

“That case was first revealed through blogs,” Liu said.

Also in Chongqing, parts of the city were this month set on fire following the beating of flower sellers by the “chengguan”, city police charged with “cleaning up” the city’s roads.

Witnesses to the beatings had appealed to local television journalists, but nothing was broadcast.

The incident only became known outside the city thanks to photos and stories published on the Internet, sparking anger among China’s netizens.

“It’s fascism,” said one, while another mocked: “The inhabitants of Chongqing are truly naive, the Chinese media is all controlled by the Communist Party, they decide what people know.”

Several days later, another blunder by the “chengguan” — this time in Zhengzhou in central Henan province, again targeted at a street seller — provoked further riots.

The image of protesters surrounding a police car, captured by a mobile phone, made its way round the world, after being posted on Chinese movie sharing site Tudou, then reposted on YouTube.

Elsewhere across China, protesters often seek to post photos or videos of unrest on the Internet to counter the versions from the state-run press and local authorities, who usually downplay or deny the events.

Recognising the threat of China’s growing online community, Chinese President Hu Jintao called in January for the Internet to be “purified”, and the government has since launched a number of online crackdowns.

“The department of propaganda has sent out regulations to try and control the opinions being spread on the Internet, but every citizen has the right to criticise or to take part in public affairs on the Internet,” said Zhu Dake, a professor at Shanghai Tongji University.

“The government has to accept the criticisms of the people, it can no longer react crudely like in the past.”

Julien Pain, who monitors Internet freedom issues for Reporters Without Borders, is less optimistic.

“One cannot truly say that the Internet in China is becoming more and more free, because at the same time as the development of citizen journalists, the government finds ways of blocking or censoring content,” Pain said.

Reporters Without Borders, which labels the Chinese government an “enemy of the Internet,” says about 50 cyber dissidents are currently behind bars in China.

original from ninemsn.com.au

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Top Posts Last Week (Jun. 18~24, 2007)

Posted by Author on June 25, 2007


  1. 100-year Old Catholic Sanctuary Ordered to be destroied in China
  2. Video: China Secret, 6 Years Ago Today on Tiananmen Square
  3. Photo: China Modern Torture Methods (3)- Sexual Abuse
  4. Photo: China Modern Torture Methods (10)- Death Bed
  5. Photo: China Modern Torture Methods (2)-electric shock
  6. About this site
  7. China Modern Torture Methods (12)- “Hell confinement”
  8. List of China Modern Torture Methods (slideshow)
  9. Why All Fakes Lead to China ?
  10. Photo: China Modern Torture Methods (8)- Water dungeon

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China Drops Ban on Anonymous Blogging But Imposes Self-discipline

Posted by Author on May 29, 2007


Reporters Without Borders, 28 May 2007-

Reporters Without Borders takes note of a bill posted, on 22 May, on the website of the Internet Society of China, an offshoot of the information industries ministry, under which blog services will be encouraged but not forced to adopt a system for registering bloggers by their real names. Under an initial draft, it would have been mandatory for bloggers to register under their real names. The ISC said it was posting the bill in order to canvass the public’s views.

“Self-discipline is now being extended to blogging although it has already had disastrous effects on the quality of news and information available online in China,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We will continue to defended full freedom for bloggers.”

President Hu Jintao and the Communist Party political bureau met on 23 April to discuss how to improve control over the Internet, saying they wanted to “purify” it. The rapid growth in Internet use in China is worrying the authorities and they have been trying to regulate it by all means possible.

China is still on the Reporters Without Borders list of the world’s 13 Internet enemies. Of the 68 cyber-dissidents currently imprisoned worldwide, 50 are in China.

Original report from Reporters Without Borders

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Hard Facts on ‘Soft Arrests’ in China

Posted by Author on May 28, 2007


By Brad Adams, Human Rights Watch, May 25, 2007-

When 10 policemen barged into the Beijing apartment of Hu Jia and Zeng Jinyan last Friday morning and told them that they were under house arrest and prohibited from leaving the country, it was more than just the latest incident in a long-standing crackdown against human-rights activists. It was also an indication of how China intends to handle dissent between now and the Olympic games that will open in Beijing in August 2008.

Mr. Hu and Ms. Zeng, who are expecting their first child in September, are the most prominent figures of a new generation of rights activists in the mainland. They take the Chinese government’s promises at face value, insisting that provisions protecting rights in China’s constitution and laws be upheld. And they are savvy about how to put pressure on the government, aware that the Olympics provide a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to put China’s abysmal rights record under the international spotlight.

Mr. Hu started in Beijing as an HIV/AIDS activist a decade ago, and quickly came to realize that without freedoms of speech and press, China’s nascent civil society would never be a serious actor in addressing China’s many social challenges, such as its acute environmental crisis, the lack of a social safety net for the poor, and the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Mr. Hu soon became one of the primary advocates for other activists facing jail or threats, relaying information to Chinese citizens and the outside world. For this, he spent more than 200 days under house arrest last year; this followed detention for over a month the previous year — a period in which the police never informed Ms. Zeng about her husband’s whereabouts.

Ms. Zeng has also become a noted human-rights activist since her husband’s arrest. She started blogging about Mr. Hu’s disappearance and later about their 200 days under house arrest, and quickly attracted a large following. Together, they made a 31-minute documentary about their ordeal, “Prisoner of Freedom City,” which shows on camera for the first time the harassment that dissidents and critics are subjected to by state security personnel. Her blog has now been blocked in China, but is still available abroad. Recently, she was named by Time magazine as one of the World’s “100 most influential people.”

When they were placed under house arrest last Friday, Mr. Hu and Ms. Zeng were minutes from leaving for a two-month trip to Europe, where they intended to speak about the human-rights situation in the run-up to the Olympics and to screen their documentary in various national capitals. Instead, the police took Mr. Hu to the police station for four hours of interrogation, telling him that he and his wife were suspected of “harming state security” — the kind of ill-defined charges often leveled against dissenters.

Preventing government critics from traveling abroad is becoming a regular feature of China’s repressive tactics. In February, 20 mainland writers were prohibited from traveling to Hong Kong for a major conference organized by PEN, an international writers association. In March, the authorities tried to prevent 80-year old HIV/AIDS activist Dr. Gao Yaojie from going to the U.S. to receive a human rights award (they did an about face when this provoked an international outcry). In April, five rights activists from Beijing, Chongqing and Wuhan were prevented from traveling to a legal conference in Hong Kong. In these instances, as in Mr. Hu and Ms. Zeng’s case, the police provided no legal basis whatsoever for their order.

Indeed, there is no basis under Chinese law for ruanjin. Literally meaning “soft arrest,” ruanjin is imposed at the complete discretion of the police, outside of any legal procedure. Ruanjin subjects one’s daily life to the whims of the secret police. In practice it means 24-hour surveillance by unidentified and often aggressive police officers, confinement at home, and restricted and monitored telephone and Internet communications. When a foreign diplomat tried to visit Mr. Hu last year, the police sealed off the entire housing block and turned the visitor away.

Unfortunately, Mr. Hu and Ms. Zeng’s case isn’t unique. Chinese rights activists are routinely put under house arrest. It is a life in limbo: One never knows when it will come and when it will end. It can last a long time, as it has for Liu Xiaobo, the famous Beijing writer and dissident who has endured ruanjin on and off for over a decade.

Despite the large number of security officials ruanjin entails, with often dozens of law-enforcement personnel mobilized on a single person or family for months, for the Chinese authorities “soft arrest” presents several advantages over formal arrest and jailing. Putting a dissident in prison attracts greater attention and condemnation from the international community. Formal charging and jailing of activists for expressing their opinions also gives the lie to China’s promise to make improvements in the human rights situation before the Olympics. House arrest, on the other hand, attracts less notice, while still intimidating countless others.

The Olympics may be a year away, but the government’s efforts to silence critics are already in full swing. There is little reason to think the wave of arrests will slow — if anything, they’ll accelerate as opening day approaches. The international community isn’t powerless; countries participating in the Olympics, and the Olympic committee itself, can lodge protests and lobby to prevent future arrests. At the very least, no one can sit quietly when critics and human-rights defenders are silenced in this way.

Mr. Adams is Asia director at Human Rights Watch.

original from Human Rights Watch

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Top 20 Posts Last Month (Mar 2007)

Posted by Author on April 1, 2007


  1. China: The Human Cost of the Economic ‘Miracle’
  2. Human Body Parts From China Sent to Michigan Home
  3. Video: China Secret, 6 Years Ago Today on Tiananmen Square
  4. Two Falun Gong Women Dead in Double Torture Case
  5. Pressure on UK Government to Act Over “Chinese Organ Harvesting”
  6. World Bank Warning on China Inequality Between Rich and Poor
  7. China’s Disturbing Lapses in application of new rules for foreign media
  8. List of China Modern Torture Methods (slideshow)
  9. Chinese Hackers Wake Up to Malware
  10. Video Report: The Hardest ‘Nail House’ in China
  11. China Cyber-dissident Gets 6 Years in Prison for views he express
  12. Defected Diplomat’s Wife Fears Torture in China for her beliefs
  13. China 80-year-old AIDS Activist Feels Falure despite award
  14. Martial Law Imposed In China’s Rioted City Yongzhou
  15. Wife of Chinese Diplomat in Ottawa Defects
  16. Jailed China Blind Lawyer Honored International award
  17. Photo: China Modern Torture Methods (3)-sexual abuse
  18. Photo: China Modern Torture Methods (2)- Electric Shock
  19. Photo: China Modern Torture Methods (10)- Death Bed
  20. Photo: China Modern Torture Methods (1)- Burning

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Top 10 Posts Last Week (Mar. 19 ~ 25, 2007)

Posted by Author on March 26, 2007


  1. Chinese Hackers Wake Up to Malware
  2. China Cyber-dissident Gets 6 Years in Prison for views he express
  3. Pressure on UK Government to Act Over ‘Chinese Organ Harvesting’
  4. China’s Disturbing Lapses in application of new rules for foreign media
  5. World Bank Warning on China Inequality Between Rich and Poor
  6. Two Falun Gong Women Dead in Double Torture case
  7. China: The Human Cost of the Economic ‘Miracle’
  8. Photo: China Modern Torture Methods (3)-sexual abuse
  9. Photo: China Modern Torture Methods (10)- death bed
  10. Photo: China Modern Torture Methods (2)-Electric Shock

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China University Dean Sacked for Criticizing Higher Education

Posted by Author on March 19, 2007


Reuters, Mar 19, 2007-

BEIJING (Reuters) – A prestigious Chinese university has fired one of its deans days after he complained about being sidelined for bold remarks on academic freedom and berated the country’s higher education woes on the Internet.

Zhang Ming, dean of political sciences at Renmin University of China, posted articles detailing a row with his superior and attacking the “bureaucratization of Chinese colleges” on his well-read blog last week.

Zhang was formally stripped of his post on Friday, the Southern Metropolis Daily reported on Monday.

“They told me that I should be punished for … breaking the ‘hidden rules’,” the 50-year-old was quoted as saying.

Zhang remained a professor at the university and was likely to be able to continue teaching, the report said.

Zhang said in a March 12 blog post that he had irritated his superior last year by telling the media that the university had withheld some dissertation subsidies from graduate students.

The superior was also angry at Zhang for speaking up for a colleague he believed was wronged by a reviewing panel whose members were selected for their official ranks instead of academic achievement, Zhang added.

The university confirmed his dismissal as dean on its Web site, but denied the allegations Zhang made on his blog.

The Communist Party has kept a close watch on the Chinese intelligentsia since coming to power in 1949, by setting up party committees in all academic and educational institutions.

Controls have eased since market reforms began in the 1980s, but unorthodox studies or teachings are still frowned upon.

“Universities have become an officialdom … The over-intervention and manipulation of academia by power definitely fetters its growth,” Zhang was quoted as saying.

“How is China’s academia doing now? Does anybody overseas read papers written by Chinese scholars? Plagiarism and theft are rampant … Obedient kids are being taught to be minions.”

Renmin University’s School of International Studies, which administers Zhang’s department, dismissed his blog posts as “lies” which had “brought great pressure to the school,” “victimized its faculty” and “damaged its reputation.”

“Any organization has this or that problem with varying degrees. Professor Zhang made a precedent in China by whipping up the internal problem in the media,” read two rare open letters on the school’s Web site.

 – original report from Reuters

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