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China Closes Popular Internet Forum 1984bbs.com

Posted by Author on October 13, 2010


Radio Free Asia, Oct.12, 2010 –

HONG KONG— Chinese authorities have closed a popular Internet discussion forum, or Bulletin Board System (BBS), in the wake of the awarding of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize to jailed dissident Liu Xiaobo, and are holding its organizer under house arrest.

The organizer, known by his online nickname of Zhang Shuji, or Party Secretary Zhang, said the forum was closed on Friday after it began a discussion of Liu’s Nobel Prize.

“I have been confined to house arrest and prevented from going out for the past few days,” said Zhang, who was contacted by national security police in Beijing and told to close the popular “1984bbs” site. Read the rest of this entry »

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26 Caveats on the online message board to China’s top leaders

Posted by Author on September 13, 2010


Human Rights in China, Sep. 13, 2010 –

On September 8, 2010, an online message board for Internet users to send comments to China’s top leaders, Direct Line to Zhongnanhai (直通中南海), was launched by the People’s Daily, the official media organ of the Communist Party of China. As of September 13, the website has already registered more than 23,000 comments to President Hu Jintao alone, regarding issues such as exorbitant housing prices, corruption, environmental pollution, civil rights abuses, and many other problems that people face every day.

Although the forum is touted as a new platform for the people to communicate their concerns directly and openly to the central government leaders, in fact it is heavily restricted. There are 26 content prohibitions in language identical to charges used by the Chinese authorities to incriminate writers, human rights activists, and reform advocates who express their views openly. The content prohibitions include endangering state security, leaking state secrets, subverting state power, harming national reputation and interests, disturbing social order, etc. (See below for Human Rights in China’s English translation of the 26 prohibitions.)

“This new forum must be viewed in the context of China’s overall policy of tight Internet control – one based on the belief that the openness of the Internet is a threat to stability and that the Internet is an important tool for unifying thinking and guiding public opinion,” said Sharon Hom, HRIC Executive Director. “The real test of the forum’s effectiveness as a genuine ‘direct line to Zhongnanhai’ would be the actual responses to the messages and how the Chinese authorities will address the root causes of the problems raised in these messages.”

Rules for Leaving Messages on the Direct Line to Zhongnanhai Message Board (Translated by Human Rights in China)

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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 could force web users to disclose real names

Posted by Author on May 6, 2010


AFP-

BEIJING — China could introduce a system requiring web users to provide their real names before posting comments online, state media reported Wednesday, as authorities move to tighten control over the Internet.

Administrators of major websites in China, who are responsible for screening online postings, are already required to register their real names, the China Daily said.

“We are also exploring an identity authentication system for users of online bulletin board systems,” Wang Chen, the head of the State Council Information Office, was quoted as saying.

Wang, who is also the vice head of the ruling Communist Party’s propaganda department, did not specify when the system would be introduced or how it would work.

Web users currently have to log on to major news portals before sending postings — effectively banning anonymous comments. But they are not yet required to provide their real names to the websites in the first place.

Wang’s comments marked the first time the central government has confirmed it was pushing for an online real-name registration system, the report said.

The issue has sparked fierce debate in China since it was first raised several years ago, amid concerns over the impact on freedom of speech and privacy.

The number of online users in China, already the largest in the world, has reached 404 million, accounting for almost a third of the country’s population, official data showed.

Beijing operates an extensive system of Internet censorship — sometimes dubbed the “Great Firewall of China” — aimed at filtering out any information deemed politically sensitive or harmful.

China’s web users have nevertheless turned the Internet into a forum for citizens to express their opinions — some of them anti-government — in a way rarely seen in a country where the traditional media is under strict control.

Last Thursday, China tightened its controversial state secrets law, holding Internet and mobile phone operators responsible for informing on their customers.

The law, which has in the past been used to jail high-profile dissidents, stipulates that Internet and mobile phone operators must cooperate with the demands of the police, reports said.

AFP

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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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China official sacked after web video triggers outrage over assault on 11-year-old girl

Posted by Author on November 4, 2008


Jane Macartney in Beijing, Times Online, UK, November 5, 2008-

Internet outrage has forced the dismissal of a senior Chinese Communist Party official after video footage from a restaurant security camera showed him shoving the father of an 11-year-old girl he had allegedly assaulted.

It was a moment that stirred fury among parents concerned for the child and touched a chord among the tens of millions of Chinese angered at abuse of power that has become increasingly blatant as prosperity has offered more opportunities for officials to profit from their positions.

Armies of netizens have taken part in numerous online manhunts in China in the past couple of years, but this appears to be the first time that a search by “human flesh engines” has resulted in the sacking of a senior government official and even a police investigation.

The incident began last week when a male diner at a seafood restaurant in the southern city of Shenzhen asked a young girl walking past his table to direct him to the lavatories. Closed-circuit television footage shows a pot-bellied man in a white shirt following a little girl with a ponytail across the room. A couple of minutes later the girl is seen running back alone.

Reports on the internet say the child told her parents that the man grabbed her by the neck and tried to force her into the toilets. She ran for help. The video shows her reappearing with her parents to look for the man. He returns to the dining room and into the frame, where he is seen shoving away the girl’s father when challenged to explain his behaviour.

Even state media said that the man then shouted: “Yes, I did it. So what? How much to you want? Just tell me. I’ll give you the money.”

The two men argue and the older man points and tries to push away the father. He shouts: “Do you know who I am? I am from the Ministry of Transportation in Beijing. I have the same seniority as the mayor of your city. So what if I grabbed the neck of a small child? You people count for fart! If you dare challenge me, just wait and see how I will deal with you.” When the father calls the police, the man leaves with his female companion.

Chinese websites reported that the police said the man had drunk too much, did not remember anything and, with no witnesses to the girl being assaulted, there was no evidence that he had behaved indecently.

An online furore soon led to his being tracked down and identified as Lin Jiaxiang, party secretary of the Shenzhen Maritime Bureau. Photos of Mr Lin, 58, receiving various government awards, including a commendation on behalf of his “Civilised Work Unit”, were soon plastered across the internet.

He was dismissed on Monday. The Ministry of Transport party committee said that his “wild words and behaviour have had an extremely negative impact on society”.

Online commentators were enraged about the incident. One wrote on the website sina.com: “It looks like organised crime and the Government should swap places. In this case organised crime seems more righteous than the Government.”

The Times Online

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RSF’s Rally Challenges IOC on China Human Rights Before 17th Communist Congress Opening

Posted by Author on October 16, 2007


Reporters Without Borders, 15 October 2007-

Activists from Reporters Without Borders today (15 October 2007) demonstrated in front of the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland, unfurling a giant flag in which the Olympic rings appear in the form of interlocking handcuffs.

The demonstration marked the opening of the 17th Chinese Communist Party Congress in Beijing attended by more than 2,200 delegates, who are expected to give a boost to the leadership of President Hu Jintao whose period in power has been marked by a harder ideological line in the name of a “harmonious society”.

“We hope through this action to challenge the IOC and its president Jacques Rogge, who refuse to condemn the bad state of human rights in China,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said.

“We have also contacted the IOC’s ethical commission but they replied that they can only be activated by Jacques Rogge himself. This lack of will on the part of Olympic bodies is worrying,” the organisation added.

“For the past several weeks an icy wind has blown through freedom of expression in China. This with less than 10 months to go before the opening of the Olympic Games. How can the IOC and its ethical commission remain silent before such a heavy toll of violations of freedom of expression?” it asked.

“More than 30 foreign journalists have been arrested and prevented from working since the start of the year. No fewer than one thousand discussion forums and websites have been closed since July. And a score of dissidents have been imprisoned for expressing themselves freely,” Reporters Without Borders said.

Preparation for the Congress, a key event in the life of China’s sole political party, saw new restrictions slapped on all sectors of the press, Internet-users, bloggers, website managers, foreign journalists and defenders of freedom of expression.

There has been an increase in directives ordering the media to use only reports put out by the official Xinhua news agency. The Publicity (formerly Propaganda) Department has ordered state-run newspapers to step up news linked to the preparation of the Congress and the activities of the leadership.

Recently, five of the major official dailies brought out identical front pages, with the headline: “The 17th Congress of the CCP is set to be hot, hot, hot!” Next to it was the same article about Chinese leaders ordering a mining company to do its utmost to rescue workers trapped in a pit. The same photo of President Hu Jintao on a visit to Kazakhstan also appears on the cover page.

Several dozen online discussion forums, including Ai Zhi Fang Zhou (www.chain.net.cn/forum) devoted to the patients with Aids, have been closed. The managers have been told that they will only be allowed to reopen once the Congress is over. Several hundred websites and blogs have been closed in the last two months.

On the eve of the Congress, the Party has also spearheaded a campaign for greater morality in the media, which led to a suspension of several reality television programmes. The State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) on 14 September quoted the fight against pornography as a reason to ban 11 radio programmes about sexuality. “Their content on sexual life and the effectiveness of medication for sexual problems was of an extremely pornographic nature,” the administration said. The SARFT also added that “films that were not suitable for children were also not suitable for adults”.

– Original report from Reporters Without Borders: Reporters Without Borders activists rally in front of olympic museum in Lausanne as 17th chinese communisty party congress opens

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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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What the Chinese Internet Users Think About Censorship

Posted by Author on August 14, 2007


Two organizations based in the United States released the results of an online survey they did jointly of Internet users inside China.

Edoors.com, a Chinese language portal site, and Qingxin, a Chinese language online message board, jointly conducted the survey from June 27 to July 28, 2007, on Internet censorship and circumvention among Internet users inside China. 94% of those surveyed know that the authorities routinely censor information generally available to the people in China. 94% believe that China is implementing Internet filtering and censorship out of fear of losing control once its citizens have access to the truth. [1]

A total of 1,702 Internet users completed the 42-question survey.

94% of those surveyed are inside China.
55% are between 30 and 49 years of age, while 33% are between 19 and 29.
77.9% go online from home.
Most go online for the news (78%) and to conduct searches (75.4).
66.16% spend most of the time online on overseas websites.
61.39% are interested in news both in and outside of China.

Most believe that overseas news about China is more accurate and would like to see more. Over 87.9% responded that overseas news is more objective, with different viewpoints, the reports are more profound and can touch the core of issues. Only 1.76% believe that news in China is accurate

What attracts these Internet users to the overseas websites is that they can get information that is either omitted or distorted in China. They want to learn about high profile incidents that occur in China but are not reported in China, such as the June 4 Tiananmen massacre.

Those surveyed indicate that they trust information from Epoch Times (71.21%), Voice of American (44/64%), Edoors.com (33.49%) and Radio Free Asia (33.25%). Only 6.8% trust People’s Daily.

94% of those surveyed know that information generally available to people in China is censored.

94% believe that China is implementing Internet filtering and censorship out of fear of losing control, once its citizens have access to truth.

79.2% say that they strongly disagree with China’s Internet censorship and hope to break through it via some simple technical solution of their own. 74%% cited China’s use of Internet police as a general practice in conducting Internet censorship.

While those surveyed are tech savvy and use anti-blockage software to access overseas websites, 72% remain concerned about their own safety.

96.3% have heard of anti-web-blocking software specifically used to break the Internet blockade. 59.81% said, “Great stuff. I will definitely give it to others as gifts.”

64.98% believe that Falun Gong practitioners invented the anti-web blocking software that is popular among Chinese Internet users.

69.8% use anti-web-blocking software almost every day.

Both Edoors.com and Qingxin are dedicated to freedom of information for Internet users in China. Edoors.com provides Internet censorship circumvention solutions while Qingxin maintains a secure community based user forum.

Notes:

[1] Qingxin, August, 12, 2007
Introduction http://qxbbs.org/article/html/2007/0812/433.shtml
English http://qxbbs.org/ad_soft/2007survey_EN.pdf
Chinese http://qxbbs.org/ad_soft/2007survey_CN.pdf

Original report from

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Chinese Professor Claims to Eat Paper Stuffed Bun

Posted by Author on July 31, 2007


By Qin Yue and Li Ming, Sound of Hope Radio, Via the Epochtimes, Jul 30, 2007-

Just as official Chinese media were questioning the validity of stories surrounding consumer allegations of Chinese pork buns stuffed with paper, one man, while visiting Qufu City in China’s Shandong Province, claims to have personally consumed such an item. Meanwhile, a man on another website confessed to making and selling these paper stuffed food products.

On July 23, a university professor posted an entry on China’s well-known online forum bbs.book.sina.com.cn revealing that he had eaten pork buns stuffed with paper on a sight seeing in Shandong’s Qufu on July 20.

“I didn’t feel or smell anything strange when I was eating it,” said the professor. “But afterwards I had a strange aftertaste, sort of like fiber. Later when I threw up, I could clearly tell it was paper and fiber. It felt just like it.”

“I am a university teacher in Shanghai,” the professor recounted in his Internet posting. “Last week I took a trip to Shandong with my family. We went to Jinan City and then Taishan Mountain; the last stop was Qufu. We arrived in Qufu on the evening of July 20 and stayed in a hotel near the bus station (I don’t remember the name of the hotel clearly now, it might be called Guotie Hotel or Guodao Hotel). Anyway, we arrived at the hotel by bus from Taishan Mountain. This hotel is only a five minute walk from the Confucian Temple. You turn right from the hotel and the bus station is next to it.”

“On the morning of July 21, my family and I went to a small restaurant across the street to have breakfast. This small restaurant boasted that served ‘Authentic Nanjing Buns,’ 2.5 yuan (US$.33) for a steamed buns and dumplings. The owner of this small restaurant is a woman who claims to be from Wuhu City in Zhejiang Province and has lived in northern China for 20 years. After we ate the buns, we went to the Confucian Temple. My stomach was not feeling well and I had the taste and feel of fiber in my mouth. All of a sudden I recalled the news I had read on Internet about people stuffing their buns with paper. I asked my wife how she was feeling and she said that she was also experiencing a similar feeling—there was a feeling of having something in her mouth other than pork. I felt terribly nauseous and I threw up after I drank some water. I found scraps of paper in the stuff that I just threw up,” said the professor.

“How horrible this is! The newspaper claimed that the paper stuffed pork buns story was false but I personally experienced it, right here in Qufu of Shandong, which is the hometown of Confucius—the greatest ancient Chinese sage. This is a place that is known as a land of courtesy and propriety for thousands of years, said the professor.”

At nearly the same time, a writer calling himself Li Huaqiang also posted an article on the Website http://www.boxun.com on July 21, confessing that he once made paper stuffed pork buns in his own restaurant. He described the procedure in detail. “Soak the newspaper in oil, heat it up, then dry the newspaper to become crispy and hard and then mix it in with the rest of the stuffing,” he explained. “Later I added vegetables into the mix and combined them together. The final result is greatly improved through this procedure. After playing with and adjusting factors such as temperature, time, meat essence and sauce, etc., I was able to produce paper stuffed pork buns.”

Upon realizing what his son was up to, Li’s peasant father made sure he would no longer serve these to customers. Li added that he did not invent this recipe. “Everyone has their own way of making it, and it is not a secret anymore,” said Li. “Three restaurants near my home are all serving ‘paper stuffed pork buns.'”

The procedure for making this unsavory food item was expressed in detail on Beijing TV’s program “Transparency.” The program explained how one would soak cardboard boxes in a large steel bowl, adding industrial caustic soda to fade and break down the cardboard. After breaking the partially dissolved cardboard into pieces, it was then mixed it into pork stuffing with meat essence to give the final product the look and taste of real pork. Although the method described varied somewhat from Li’s recipe, the result was basically the same.

Although Beijing authorities continue to assert that such stories are false, they removed the “Transparency” program’s producer and two additional employees from office. For the scores of Chinese people who have suffered from fake and poisoned food in the last few months, news of the paper stuffed pork buns isn’t hard to swallow.

– Report from the Epochtimes: Tourist Claims to Eat Paper Stuffed Bun

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