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Chinese censors did their thing with Obama's call for freedom of speech on the internet

China is known as one of the most restrictive countries on the planet. Citizens in most of China are routinely blocked form viewing or accessing websites on the internet that the Chinese government deems harmful or against Chinese values. The types of sites blocked include those that show pornography and those that highlight Tibet and pro-democracy site. China is reported to censor about 1.8 million blogs.

President Obama made his first visit to China this week and in a talk with Chinese students, Obama issued a call for internet freedom. Obama spoke about internet freedom and free speech. Ironically, the comments made by Obama regarding free speech and internet freedom became targets of the Chinese internet sensors and fell prey to what is known as "The Great Firewall of China."

The Boston Globe quotes Obama saying, "I can tell you that in the United States, the fact that we have free internet - or unrestricted internet access - is a source of strength, and I think should be encouraged."

The irony of the statements by Obama is that full transcripts of the speech posted on the Netease portal reportedly lasted online for only about 27 minutes before the censors pulled them and redacted the statements about internet freedom.

Part of the statement by Obama said, "I think that the more freely information flows, the stronger the society becomes, because then citizens of countries around the world can hold their own governments accountable. They can begin to think for themselves. That generates new ideas. It encourages creativity."





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