Jennifer Chou: China’s Missing Link

From the Weekly Standard blog:

Last Thursday the free world plunged into an uproar as learned that the 20,000 covering the Olympics in Beijing were not getting the full Internet access that China and the International Olympic Committee () had promised. Kevan Gosper, the IOC’s press chief, expressed surprise that some sensitive websites had been blocked by Chinese authorities. One of those “sensitive” sites, coincidentally, is the website of Radio Free (RFA), my employer.

As someone whose full- job is to bring uncensored to China, I couldn’t help being amused by the international outcry in general and by Mr. Gosper’s expression of surprise in particular. They were shocked, shocked to find that there was censorship going on in China. Claude Rains would be proud.

While Mr. Gosper felt “personally galled” and “disappointed,” he nevertheless attributed Internet crackdowns by Beijing to “a whole range of issues including threats of in the past few months” that have “traumatized” China.

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