Friday, June 26, 2009

China tightens Internet access controls in "medical" areas

The New York Times, in an article by Keith Bradsher, reports that China is adding restrictions to Internet access by the public, particularly access to medical reports on sexual subjects. The government is claiming that the measure aims at pornography, but many feel it relates to suppressing political dissent. The story is titled “Beijing adds curbs to access to Internet: Pornography is cited, but dissent at risk,” on p A4, International, link here.

China differs from some other authoritarian countries in that its access is controlled by government, and more difficult to get around than in many Muslim countries, including Iran and Saudi Arabia.

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