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Censorship in China

April 30, 2008

A few days ago Amnesty International sent an email regarding the arrest of a Chinese journalist, Shi Tao, for “illegally providing state secrets to foreign entities” when he emailed a US pro-democracy website from his Yahoo email account. The concern here lies in the fact that Yahoo turned over information from Shi Tao’s email account that helped in his prosecution and a 10 year prison sentence. The two main concerns here are a human right violation and a violation of Mr. Tao’s privacy.

The rest of the email mentions the censorship tactics the Chinese government employs with the help of internet companies such as Yahoo, Google and Microsoft. Ultimately, these companies block the citizens of China from accessing certain websites. Amnesty International is calling on the Chinese government to stop this censorship and allow its citizens the freedom of information and expression.

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