Freedom of Identity, Speech and Assembly on the Internet – EastSouthWestNorth

 20060710 02 From EastSouthWestNorth:

The following report is based upon, 我喜欢小正太的BLOG and Tianya Club.

The name of the online game is Ê¢¶ÂπªË•øÊ∏∏ (The Fantasy of the Journey West) run by . This incident concerns one individual player and the guild that he founded. This player has achieved Level 144 (which is only 11 levels short of the ultimate Level 155). On July 4, the Netease ‘authorities’ locked him (specifically, it is his game ID) up in prison (specifically, it is the prison in the game known as §ßÂîêÊ∞∏Á¶ÅÁõë (The Great Tang Permanent Incarceration Prison)). Here is the screen capture of the prisoner:

The player was charged specifically with having an alias that involves certain politically sensitive issues in the real world. Therefore, he was asked to adopt a different alias or else face permanent incarceration. The player did not think that there was anything wrong with his alias and therefore refused to change it. As a result, he is still sitting in prison. [Full Text]

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