Thursday, June 09, 2005

Blog Censorship in China

In yet another sign of China's growing crackdown on the free exchange of ideas, the communist regime now plans on registering all blogs:

The Chinese authorities have ordered all weblogs and websites in the country to register with the government or face closure in Beijing's latest attempt to control online dissent.

Commercial publishers and advertisers could be fined up to 1m yuan (£66,000) for failing to register, according to documents on the Chinese information industry ministry's website.

Private bloggers or websites must register the complete identity of the person responsible for the site, and the ministry - which has set a June 30 deadline for compliance - said 74% of all sites had already registered.

(Link via Harry's Place)

The Chinese Communist Party is trying to combine its one party, Leninist dictatorship with a modern, information age economy. So far they have been successful, but it is unlikely that they can continue to square the circle indefinitely.


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