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China Bans New Group of English-Language News Sites in “Censorship Black Friday”

China Bans New Group of English-Language News Sites in “Censorship Black Friday”

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  • The firewall has been getting stronger and stronger. VPNs will just stop working. It hasn't been unusual that I can only contact people via WeChat because the firewall successfully took down all Google and Facebook services. To be clear they've always been banned but the degree of how seriously the Chinese

    The firewall has been getting stronger and stronger. VPNs will just stop working. It hasn't been unusual that I can only contact people via WeChat because the firewall successfully took down all Google and Facebook services. To be clear they've always been banned but the degree of how seriously the Chinese government has taken that ban has changed.

    For work china would be the place to go, their relaxed privacy laws (aka the government wants all your data) means that mobility concepts can iterate without limitations, so the models are interesting and change fast. But I couldn't be a journalist behind the firewall....or could I? Lol

  • Retaliaton on the war front with the West. The idea is to bring yet another topic to the table to create, out of thin air, a new leverage.

    It also vilifies foreign media, which is a soft win for them on top.

  • To be honest, I'm more surprised they didn't block all of those already.

  • No one should be surprised anymore. The CCP has always sought total control of the media in their country; anything they can do to move towards that goal, they will.

    The blasé attitude of some Westerners toward China’s information-control programs is disturbing.

  • One cannot pretend the liberal democracies of the West are unassailable paragons of virtue, we indeed have our own baggage. However, one of its greatest sinews is the right to air our collective dirty laundry, duking it out with each other openly. It’s not often pretty, it sometimes appears as if we’re

    One cannot pretend the liberal democracies of the West are unassailable paragons of virtue, we indeed have our own baggage. However, one of its greatest sinews is the right to air our collective dirty laundry, duking it out with each other openly. It’s not often pretty, it sometimes appears as if we’re coming apart at the seams, but it’s essential to maintain our rights to continue doing so. It is the foundation by which we seek the best course forward. It is our greatest strength.

    Any regime that feels they must restrict sensitive or possibly incendiary topics tells one many things, yet primarily it communicates their belief that they could not maintain power if their people were exposed to the truth of their actions. The idea that their people may question their decisions, oppose their policies, while expecting accountability is anathema to their sense of self-preservation.

    For all the blood, treasure and souls totalitarian regimes squander to control information contrary to the official narrative; simultaneously attempting to project the profile of an all powerful state, they are in reality a house built upon quicksand... with a bad mortgage.

    A society and its government are only as strong as their ability to be held openly accountable for the truth of their actions. For in the case of the Chinese Communist Party, their greatest perceived threat is not that of rival foreign powers. Instead it’s a free and open domestic discourse about their actions massacring a peaceful student demonstration 30 years ago.

  • The clear message is that the Chinese want to keep the discussion top of mind, and point out in many different ways how souring relations with China would have ramifications beyond what the administration may have assumed. The part that the American public and investors really need to understand is that

    The clear message is that the Chinese want to keep the discussion top of mind, and point out in many different ways how souring relations with China would have ramifications beyond what the administration may have assumed. The part that the American public and investors really need to understand is that also this will create some hiccups in China's economy, they now have a very good scapegoat in the West, and moreover they will be able to align Chinese sentiment against the United States and the Trump administration. If China has a harder than expected landing from its economic growth, it can blame and vilify the United States, and in the longer term we have just become the major catalyst for them to go and become self-sufficient yet again.

  • Those who control the present control the past Orwell redux. Did anyone really believe that China would allow the events of thirty years ago be headlines again .

  • I don't think government always wrong. Internet's borderless structure sometimes is evil.

  • Journalism is under attack everywhere

  • When you are living in the dark the light seems a bit scary... #getoutofthedark #read

  • Interesting to hear it called censoring unlike what our tech companies call it.