China Continues Its Assault on Internet Freedom in Response to Google Decision

Washington
Freedom House strongly condemns the Chinese government’s continued efforts to suppress freedom of expression in China by blocking access to Google content.  These efforts follow the company’s decision to redirect its Chinese users to a Hong Kong based search engine rather than comply with the Chinese government’s demands to filter content deemed objectionable by the Communist regime.
 
“The Chinese government is cutting off its citizens from the global internet.  They are the ones who lose out,” said Jennifer Windsor, executive director of Freedom House.
 
Web searches on Google’s China service related to sensitive topics, such as the violent 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrations in Tiananmen Square, are being blocked.  And Chinese telecoms companies are apparently moving toward severing their relations with Google, allegedly under government pressure.
 
“If this can happen to Google, it could happen to any U.S. or foreign company in China,” said Daniel Calingaert, deputy director of programs at Freedom House. 
 
China is ranked Not Free in Freedom in the World 2010, Freedom House’s annual survey of political rights and civil liberties, and Not Free in Freedom of the Press 2009.
 
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