Steve's China Blog

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Censorship here and there

The last few weeks has seen some pretty amazing stories about censorship and freedom of expression here in China, in the U.S., and around the world. In one instance that started in August here in China some newspaper workers, along with a great many online Chinese, actually brought about a rare event... a new policy that would have increased censorship was overturned because of the will of the people, and put the propaganda department of the communist party on the defensive. An overview of the events since August until now can be found here. For a detailed description of what happend at Freezing Point in August can be found here, and is a very good story... It almost reads like something from a Tom Clancy novel.

Unfortunately, it looks as though the U.S. is going backwards in the battle against censorship. Some veteran groups in Minnesota have created some very moving ads that support the U.S. government's foreign policies and the state democrat party there has not only called the ads and their creators "un-American", but are seeking to have them censored. I am not sure how big of a story this is in the U.S., but from what I understand there is almost a complete news blackout among the mainstream media news outlets. Information about this news can be found here as well as links to the ads.

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