Google are keeping their word

Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 1:17 | Posted in censorship, China, google, internet | Leave a comment

As Google announced yesterday they are no longer going to censor their search results at Google.cn. I can now present evidence that they are worth their word, regardless what the real reason behind their decision was and regardless that I still have trouble understanding that they agreed to censor the results in the first place:

Respect!

I am not guilty

Thursday, November 20, 2008 at 15:04 | Posted in China | Leave a comment

I am innocent. I would be in China,too.

via Henrik

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Internet addict

Tuesday, November 11, 2008 at 17:49 | Posted in China, health, internet | Leave a comment
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China is to become the first country in the World where Internet addiction is officially defined as a disease. According to China Daily, doctors at Beijing’s Military General Hospital have developed a definition of Internet addiction:

Symptoms of addiction included yearning to get back online, mental or physical distress, irritation and difficulty concentrating or sleeping.

The definition, based on a study of more than 1,300 problematic computer users, classifies as addicts those who spend at least six hours online a day and have shown at least one symptom in the past three months.

That set of symptoms could apply to every serious web user since anybody spending less than six hours a day online could best be described as an Internet analphabet. And each of the symptoms, apart from “yearning to get back online”, could very well be related to a number of offline activities as well. If you are irritated of your S.O is it because they interfere with your online activities or just because your S.O is a S.O.B?

Anyway, I am grateful that the good doctors at Beijing’s Military General Hospital reminded me to get a new chair so that the occasional physical distress in my back would not classify me as an Internet addict.

via RA-Blog

Protest zones without protests

Wednesday, August 20, 2008 at 21:48 | Posted in China, civil rights, Freedom of speech | 3 Comments

The Chinese government have established special zones for sanctioned protests at Beijing’s World Park. That sounds sort of cute and in Chinese circumstances extraordinarily liberal. However, not a single application to organize a protest has been sanctioned so far. Wang Wei, vice-president of the Beijing organising committee, told reporters they should be “satisfied” with the protest zones. Sure, the zones are just fine and it would probably be too much to ask that actual protests were allowed to take place there.

Of the 77 applications filed so far, 74 have been rejected because “the issues have been addressed” by “proper authorities”. Two applications are pending because they did not include “sufficient information” and one was turned down because it “included children” which is considered to be against the rules. Judging from these statistics, the mere existence of the protest zones could be understood to have solved all social problems in China leaving no need to actually carry out the protests.

Many applicants are reported to have been intimidated by Chinese officials just for filing their application. Two elderly ladies, 79 year old Wu Dianyuan and 77 year old Wang Xiuying, have been sentenced to “re-education through labour” for filing an application to protest against having been evicted from their home in 2001.  The one year sentence was imposed on the ladies by a commission without a trial.

Press freedom the Chinese way

Friday, August 15, 2008 at 21:09 | Posted in China, Journalism, Press freedom | Leave a comment
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The Chinese understanding of press freedom is that accrediated journalists are free to cover the Olympic events but should close their eyes regarding anything else. If they try to cover anything that the officials do not want reported, they have stepped over the line of the press freedom as it is applied in China.

This footage shows ITV correspondent John Ray getting arrested as he was covering a peaceful demonstration for Tibet in Beijing.

via China Watchblog

The Ugly Duckling

Wednesday, August 13, 2008 at 12:42 | Posted in censorship, China | 4 Comments
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One gets too angry to keep a civilized language about the story of the fake lip sync performance of the “Ode to the motherland” at the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics. If you want to avoid rude words and still get a good assesment of the disgrace, read no further here but check out what ChinaBounder wrote about it.

Now the rest of you who decided to stay, you have been warned about my French. Fuck the Communist Party of China! Fuck the politburo who stole Yang Peiyi her chance of a lifetime to appear in front of billions of people. She may have uneven teeth and a blunt face but you hypocritical motherfuckers of the CPC just take notice of this: Yang Peiyi is a beautiful child and I hope from the bottom of my heart that one day she is going to appear as the Ugly Duckling in H.C Andersen‘s saga and make you eat up what you did to her.

Just who do you suckers think you are fooling by trying to clean up the truth about your shameful act from media and the Internet? You bastards have lost your face in front of the World and eventually the Chinese people are going to find the courage to make you pay back. I had better sign off before I get real rude but before I go just eat this: the communist rule in China is going to crash, it is just a matter of time.

Edit: Lee Side Story has more on this bizarre story. It turns out that not only is it as disgusting as I thought, it is even worse! Bullocks, CPC!

Edit: I joined the Facebook group Yang Peiyi Fan Club.

Olympics opened: two accounts

Saturday, August 9, 2008 at 3:48 | Posted in China, Sports | 7 Comments
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I did not bother to watch the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics but I just read two different accounts of it. I leave it for everybody to decide which one is more accurate: the polite version by AFP or the more feet on Earth coverage by ChinaBounder.

Translating server error

Wednesday, August 6, 2008 at 22:37 | Posted in China, languages, Web tools | Leave a comment
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As this example from the Olympic Beijing illustrates, it may be a good idea to check out the output of a web based translating service before you rely your business on it. :-)

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Olympic champ not welcome to Beijing

Wednesday, August 6, 2008 at 20:09 | Posted in China, Human rights, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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This just in: Olympic skating champion Joey Cheek has apparently gotten his visa cancelled. He received a phone call from the Chinese consulate in Washington just hours before he was due to fly to Beijing.

Mr. Cheek is known as a vocal critic of Chinese support to the Sudanese government’s brutal actions in Darfur.

An alternative Olympic banner

Thursday, July 31, 2008 at 7:29 | Posted in China, Freedom of speech, Human rights, Journalism, Press freedom | Leave a comment
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I picked this banner at the Reporters Without Borders web site. If you want to download it in full size, just click here.

Beijing cheated about free web access

Wednesday, July 30, 2008 at 13:53 | Posted in censorship, China, internet, Press freedom | 2 Comments
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When the Chinese Olympic organizers promised that foreign journalists covering the games would have uncensored access to the Internet, I did not believe for a moment that this would actually happen. It was merely a lip service necessary to get their bid for the games approved. I am now being proven right: the Great Firewall of China curtails the Olympic media center.

Web sites like Amnesty International, Reporters Without Borders and Human Rights Watch are being blocked as well as a number of pro Tibetan sites and basically most contents critical of the pathetic rulers in Beijing. On this clip you can hear a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman spell out that sites related to Falun Gong are not going to be made accessible. The most outrageous statement is blaming some of the censored sites themselves for being off line. Just click on the links, folks, and see that they are on line.

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Among many other sites all of WordPress.com is being censored in China which is why this post can not be read there. Oddly enough, it is possible to post to Blogger in China but not to read Blogger blogs as Blogspot.com is filtered but Blogger.com is not. Totalitarian governments are as inconsistent as they are unreliable.

Granting the Olympic games to China was a huge mistake. The IOC apparently reasoned that the Olympics would prompt China to give in on the human rights issue but we have all way long seen the contrary. It turns out that the IOC themselves have had to give in, according to the BBC:

In an interview with the South China Morning Post, IOC press commission chairman Kevan Gosper apologised for inadvertently misleading journalists over unfettered internet access.

“I’m not backing off what I said. There will be full, open and free internet access during Games time to allow journalists to report on the Olympics,” he told the daily.

“But I have also been advised that some of the IOC officials had negotiated with the Chinese that some sensitive sites would be blocked.”

Which is another reminder that there is no point in bargaining with totalitarian rezimes as they never keep their promises and always tend to cheat.

Edit: This post has also been published as a guest author’s post in China-Watchblog.

A public service announcement: China-Watchblog helps you improve your understanding of the German language and provides a comprhensive coverage of contemporary China before, during and after the Olympics.

Another public service announcement: A deep analysis on the basic nature of the Chinese society appears daily before and during the Olympics at Sex and Shanghai.

Selective Olympic press freedom

Tuesday, July 29, 2008 at 12:13 | Posted in China, Journalism, Press freedom | 2 Comments
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The Chinese officicials have promised press freedom for journalists covering the Beijing Olympics. As this fresh RTHK (Hong Kong) report shows, the freedom of press is being applied very selectively. That is, the more pro Beijing you are, the more freedom you enjoy.

Weather talk allowed in Beijing

Wednesday, July 23, 2008 at 21:43 | Posted in China | Leave a comment
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The Dongcheng district Propaganda Department in Beijing have issued posters with eight topics that the Beijingese are not supposed to ask the Olympic tourists about:

“Don’t ask about income or expenses, don’t ask about age, don’t ask about love life or marriage, don’t ask about health, don’t ask about someone’s home or address, don’t ask about personal experience, don’t ask about religious beliefs or political views, don’t ask what someone does,” the Olympics logo stamped poster advises.

One wonders what there would be left to talk about. The weather, perhaps? And with any luck, maybe the Olympic sports.

China jamming short wave radio

Sunday, July 20, 2008 at 21:00 | Posted in censorship, China | Leave a comment

I addition to the Great Firewall of China, the Chinese government apparently still keep on with the old-fashioned activity of jamming the good old short wave radio. This would per se be logical as short wave, while old-fashioned, is still far from obsolete as a means of communication and information. This clip shows some interesting details.

Skipping the “irrelevant”

Saturday, April 12, 2008 at 17:00 | Posted in censorship, China, internet | Leave a comment
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A regular Google search for Tibet crackdown returns about 1.810.000 links. The same search filtered through Sina.com returns 110 links. You do not need to click on any of the links to conclude that the approach in the web contents linked to through each of the two searches are different like day and night.

Since nobody could possibly read 1,8 M web pages anyway, I guess the Chinese Internet users should be grateful that their government spares them the trouble of browsing through all that “irrelevant information”. :-P

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