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Typepad Banned in China...Six Ways To Ensure Freedom of Expression

Awaiting a Democratic Hong Kong

Typepad is Banned in China (Again) (Confirmation by Six Apart)

I have no personal comment. You all know what I think.

Actually I do have something to say. Typepad is banned in China, as is up to 40% of all websites. All Chinese bloggers within the mainland, has to register on a directory so they can monitor what is written. Mr. Ching Cheong is still in jail. They kept Mr. Zhao Zi Yang in house arrest for 15 years. My government has said irrevocably that Hong Kong will not get universal suffrage for 2007, breaking the Basic Law "One Country Two System," Donald Tsang got "elected" into the head of state through 800 people in a city of 7 million. Not to mention no one actually ran against him.

So yeah.

China is so damn free. People are just so happy because of the new economy. Except all of the people who are under arrest, know they cannot speak, and damn it, I had to asked all the people in China not to sign the petition for the release of Mr. Ching Cheong, not that they could get into it anyway.

And here I am in Australia surrounded by a huge huge Chinese population.  People wonder why there is such an influx of immigration to western countries. Because of all of above. Most of us are political immigrants, but it doesn't sink in for everyone coz we aren't refugees. Chinese people do want freedom, we can't vote, so those who can elect to leave.

What more to say?

I wish my country will reform. I wish my country stop being so afraid. I wish they will learn to have a legitimate governing system so people can speak what they want, think what they dare, and then be free.

The word FREEDOM has meaning. It really does.  I only wish more people knew.

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Reporters Without Borders and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) make six recommendations to ensure freedom of expression on the Internet.

Full text of the Declaration :

1. Any law about the flow of information online must be anchored in the right to freedom of expression as defined in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

2. In a democratic and open society it is up to the citizens to decide what they wish to access and view on the Internet. Filtering or rating of online content by governments is unacceptable. Filters should only be installed by Internet users themselves. Any policy of filtering, be it at a national or local level, conflicts with the principle of free flow of information.

3. Any requirement to register websites with governmental authorities is not acceptable. Unlike licensing scarce resources such as broadcasting frequencies, an abundant infrastructure like the Internet does not justify official assignment of licenses. On the contrary, mandatory registration of online publications might stifle the free exchange of ideas, opinions, and information on the Internet.

4. A technical service provider must not be held responsible for the mere conduit or hosting of content unless the hosting provider refuses to obey a court ruling. A decision on whether a website is legal or illegal can only be taken by a judge, not by a service provider. Such proceedings should guarantee transparency, accountability and the right to appeal.

5. All Internet content should be subject to the legislation of the country of its origin ("upload rule") and not to the legislation of the country where it is downloaded.

6. The Internet combines various types of media, and new publishing tools such as blogging are developing. Internet writers and online journalists should be legally protected under the basic principle of the right to freedom of expression and the complementary rights of privacy and protection of sources.

Comments

y.m.

I was pretty mad about the whole MSN Spaces "keywords" blockade with the aid of the US tech companies, and now Typepad (with Cisco system's technologies). I'm still optimistic about the whole thing, including the freedom of expressions in China in the long run. First, you can't fight the internet 'cos it's always changing. Second, you can make people stop talking, but you can't make people stop thinking.

The government's actions are predictable. The only thing that disappoints me is the completely lack of backbones of the major US companies.

pketh

Fight the good fight! I remember how pissed I was when typepad was first blocked, I still feel the same way. When I learned about the mandatory website registration imposed by the Chinese gov't I also got a similarly bad taste in my mouth.

It's a good declaration I think. Some people still maintain that the suppression of information was necessary for the new democracy to grow as it has (we can't have any whistleblowers..). But on the same lines of logic, maybe it'll be necessary for China to encourage free thought, and innovation to keep itself 'moving forward'.

It's a good (but idealistic) dream at the very least.

Jim O'Sullivan

As an American, I believe there should be consequences for theoretically "American" corporations to suffer if they are willing to make money by helping fascist governments fight freedom of spech and the press. Keep putting pressure on these despicable creeps!

Jim O'Sullivan

And, as I just noted on my own blog, one hopes that there are at least a few computer geeks out there, bored with creating viruses, who are willing to turn their attention to creating work-arounds for the Chinese people.

someone

Actually, you can help by adopting a blog. Check this link out:

http://www.sinosplice.com/adoptablog/

Glutterbug

One day John's going to get my blog adopted. I still have to see him do anything.... It's been a year. :)

Yeah. I think American companies really need to start answering to public pressure.

someone

I'm more than willing to adopt your blog. Email me if you're interested.

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