Censorship stepped up to target blogging

first_img News Chinese authorities have closed two sites hosting blogs, in an escalation of Internet censorship that began with a crack down on discussion forums. In targeting blogs – personal pages where Internet-users post their own comments on the news – the government seems determined to claw back the meagre gains of the past few years in terms of individual freedoms. News March 17, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Censorship stepped up to target blogging RSF_en China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison News Receive email alerts News Help by sharing this information Organisation to go further The Chinese authorities have stepped up Internet censorship to include blogging, closing two sites hosting blogs – personal pages where Internet-users post their own comments on the news.Reporters Without Borders expressed its anger at this escalation of Internet censorship that coincides with the opening of the 60th session of the United Nations Human Rights Commission, at which China has a seat but without respecting its international commitments.The site Blogbus.com was closed on 11 March “until further notice” for allowing a letter to be posted that was critical of the government. It was the turn of Blogcn.com to be shut down on 14 March.”After closing websites and discussion forums, the Chinese authorities are now targeting blogs, one of the last outlets for expression still open to Internet-users,” said the international press freedom organisation.Blogbus.com and Blogcn.com allow Chinese Internet-users the chance to keep up a personal page without any technical knowledge. The sites are very popular, Blogbus.com alone hosting more than 15,000 blogs that have now been made inaccessible.In its determination to track down Internet dissidents, the government began by banning cybercafés, apart from those run by major groups approved by the government. After that they set their sights on discussion forums, closing sites such as Observatory and Media on Sina.com. Co-ordinators then set about blocking more messages and there was an upsurge in warnings.From there it was the blocking of major international sites Deutsche Welle and the Wall Street Journal. These latest moves against bloggers top off the authorities’ efforts to strangle web use.Blogs have mushroomed in the last five years, particularly in countries that crack down on free expression like China and Iran. They are a tool used more and more frequently by journalists and that also allow non professionals to express themselves on the web. Follow the news on China China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures March 12, 2021 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more ChinaAsia – Pacific April 27, 2021 Find out more ChinaAsia – Pacific Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimeslast_img

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