Bloggers In China Start Testing Limits Of ‘Mental Firewall’ – Geoffrey A. Fowler

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The respected Chinese blogger Hong Bo, known as Keso, last week posted a question to an online discussion forum in China. “If one day Taiwan goes independent,” he wrote, “what harm will it do to us?”

That is a sensitive topic in a country that still treats Taiwan as a breakaway province. Shortly after raised the point, the discussion was cut short. His online censor wasn’t the notorious “ of China,” the filtering software put in place by the Chinese government to stifle online dissent. Rather, Keso was reprimanded by another writer in the general-interest forum. “No discussion of politics here!” his fellow netizen insisted. ”

In China, people are not in the habit of expressing their ideas very publicly,” says Keso. [Full Text]

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