Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Censorship in China, Part IV: Democracy is obscene

And finally, after lending our ears to Yahoo's version of Don't Be Evil, watching AOL trying to stay under the censors' radar, and listening to what their victims think of all that respectively, let's take a moment to listen what the censors themselves have to say.

China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao reminds us sternly of the Chinese Communist Party line: "Illegal internet content shall be stopped, including material that violates social morals." "This kind of goal is to protect the interests of the general population, so this kind of action is fair and reasonable."

Unfortunately Mr Liu fails to specify what kind of content Beijing wants stopped. Judging by the forbidden search words, "democracy" and "human rights" are among the things that 'violate social morale' in the Middle Kingdom. (Source: South China Morning Post, 15 Feb '06)

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