Reporters Without Borders and “Chinese Human Rights Defenders” says their new joint study “reveals how that country’s government censors the Internet and how the Internet Information Administrative Bureau controls the leading news websites.”
Reporters Without Borders calls China the world’s biggest prison for journalists and cyber-dissident. Reporters Without Borders also has a petition, announced in 2001, to boycott the 2008 games in Beijing.)
Also this week, Bob Dietz of the Committee to Protect Journalists gave a speech in which he called on the Chinese government to release the 29 journalists now imprisoned in China and to begin dismantling the country’s vast censorship system. Dietz, CPJ’s Asia program coordinator, urged China and the International Olympic Committee to meet the free-press promises made when the 2008 Games were awarded to Beijing. The Games are less than a year away. Here’s a link to the speech, before the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.