Great Firewall of China remains strong

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Great Firewall of China remains strong

Amnesty International was last week granted freedom in China, but says the country’s promise remains broken.

The campaigning outfit had its website unblocked by China’s authorities, but is still not satisfied. It is is still pushing for media freedom which was promised and further still for an end to Internet censorship in China.

The fighters for freedom say, “It’s good news that the Amnesty site has been unblocked in the Olympics media venues and perhaps elsewhere in Beijing, but it’s still a long way from the ‘complete media freedom’ that was promised.”

“Blocking and then unblocking sites for journalists arbitrarily simply doesn’t respect basic standards of free speech,” it said.

“Chinese people have just as much right to freedoms of expression and information as anyone else, yet this right is systematically denied. We are calling on the Chinese government to bring an end to Internet repression in line with their Olympic promises.”

Specifically mentioned by Amnesty is the case of Shi Tao who sent an email about media restrictions overseas and, with a little help from Yahoo was consequently jailed for ten years. (c) 2010 Incisive Media
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