One inch forward, one foot back – Megan Shank

From the Global Journalist:

Recently released Internet dissident Huang Qi emerged from a five-year incarceration to witness that the Chinese Web had also suffered. Huang, first detained in 2000, angered officials with his Web site, which tracked down people missing after the 1989 pro- movement. From 2000 to 2005, the party enforced surveillance of Web sites, chat rooms and e-mail, and it implemented new real-name registration requirements for Web logs, Internet bulletin boards, instant messaging services and online video games. It remains to be seen whether the tenacity of people like Huang — who upon his release to house arrest this July told Radio Free Asia that he plans to resume his site — can overcome the growing obstacles set up and policed by the party and supported by organizations with economic interests. An old Chinese idiom best captures the march of Internet freedom: advance one inch, retreat one foot.



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