China’s Internet Controls Tightened Ahead Of Sensitive Political Congress – AP

From AP, via International Herald Tribune:

At first, Liu Xiaoyuan (ÂàòÊôìÂéü) just fumed when his online journal postings disappeared with no explanation. Then he decided to do something few if any of China’s censored bloggers had tried. He sued his service provider.

“Each time I would see one of my entries blocked, I’d feel so furious and indignant,” said Liu, a 43-year-old Beijing lawyer. “It was just so disrespectful.”

Liu’s frustration is hardly unique. For China’s 162 million Web users, surfing the Internet can be like running an obstacle course with blocked Web sites, partial search results, and posts disappearing at every turn. [Full Text]