Increasing constraints on Internet news access

Since China’s annual People’s National Congress convened on March 5, the Chinese government has blocked chinese-language Internet versions of the Wall Street Journal and Deutsche Welle. Both Deutsche Welle and Reporters Without Borders (RSF) have repudiated this limitation of access during the congress and in the larger context of growing .

RSF also spoke out against Chinese censorship in February when the conference began.

The media freedom watchdog also notes that China, “the world’s largest prison for cyberdissidents”, has blocked hundreds of thousands of sites, including its own, from users within China.

RSF has written two informative reports on China and internet freedom: “Living dangerously on the Net” (2003) and Internet¬†: a chronicle of repression (2002).


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