China’s Leading Blogger/Twitterer’s Words for President Obama

200804291039371065bWen Yunchao (温云超), known by his online name Beifeng (北风), has just been elected Annual Outstanding (Chinese) Twitterer at the Twiscar ceremony, at the just completed Fifth Annual Chinese Blogger conference (CNbloggerCon), in Lianzhou, Guangdong, China. Beifeng, the former blog section editor of Netease, one of China’s largest news portal, also blogs on Bullog.com. He was one of the key citizen bloggers covering the Xiamen PX demonstrations in real time in 2007, and co-organizer of this year’s Chinese Bloggers Conference. His Twitter account has near 8000 followers. (Twitter’s official site is blocked by China’s Great Firewall. However, tens of thousands of Chinese Twitterers are still active, and the number is still growing.)

The following tweets are from Beifeng, translated by CDT:

At the Annual Blogger Conference, I was interviewed by a reporter of the Wall Street Journal about my expectations for President Obama’s visit. I said: There have been some very extreme individual cases of human rights violations in China, I hope President Obama will show his necessary concern. Also, please say this to Chairman Hu: Please tear down the Great Firewall, it interferes with our freedom of speech.

在中文网志年会时,接受WSJ的采访,提及对奥巴马来访的期望, 我说:去年中国发生了一些很极端的人权个案,希望奥巴马能给予必要的关注;另外请他对胡锦涛主席说,请拆除国家防火墙,它妨碍了我们的言论自由。

The following photos are from CN Reviews, Shizhao’s blog and Jean Yim’s Flickr:
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Hong Kong-based Ming Pao reports on the Chinese bloggers conference.

Click here to see more photos of the Lianzhou Chinese Bloggers Conference, by Shizhao.

Even China’s official English newspaper Global Times reported the Lianzhou Chinese Bloggers Conference. Please read: Bloggers join heads in Guangdong by Zhang Lei.