Daring Bloggers Playing ‘Cat and Mouse’ Game in China
Faced with escalating attacks by Internet police, daring bloggers in China are playing a game of “cat and mouse” by inventing code words and creating multiple accounts with pseudonyms to escape censors.
It’s a dangerous game, with Chinese security forces controlling e-mail and scanning Internet services for 1,083 filtered words — over 70 percent of them names of dissidents.
Chinese activists are fearful of sending e-mail messages that can be discovered by security forces, forcing them to invent new ways of communicating, according to Tienchi Martin-Liao, president of the Independent Chinese PEN Center.
“E-mail users in China are monitored and watched by security police,” she said. “If you send or receive e-mails, they can take action. If you don’t press send, you can communicate…there are ways.”