Thursday, April 16, 2009

Dear China, Stop Blocking YouTube

Living behind China's Great Firewall has made me appreciate the unfettered access to information we have in free countries. When I first got to China, I couldn't access any of Wordpress and many Google search results were inaccessible.

However, the important, time-wasting stuff like YouTube remained available. That is, until China decided to block all of YouTube. While China would never say why they are blocking the video-sharing site, it seems connected to videos allegedly showing PRC troops beating Tibetan monks.

It's been nearly a month since China's state-owned ISPs blacklisted YouTube and there's no sign yet that Chinese netizens will be able to watch silly cat videos any time soon. Google told the NYTimes last month that: “Our government relations people are trying to resolve it.”

In reaction to questions about Internet censors, Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said: “Many people have a false impression that the Chinese government fears the Internet. In fact, it is just the opposite.” Indeed, in point of fact, the Internet fears the Chinese government.

2 comments:

Luna et Noctis said...

"In reaction to questions about Internet censors, Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said: “Many people have a false impression that the Chinese government fears the Internet. In fact, it is just the opposite.” Indeed, in point of fact, the Internet fears the Chinese government." Absolutely hilarious.

Spencer said...

LOL. that is hilarious. internet fears chinese government.