China Defends Internet Policies Against Amnesty Charges

From AFP:

Chinese authorities defended their practices Tuesday after rights group accused them of cracking down on the web ahead of politically sensitive anniversaries.

“The relevant accusation was made because they are ignorant of China’s situation. It is not true,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said.

“The organisation that you mentioned has always been biased toward China and has not always been objective in viewing China.”

Jiang was responding to an accusation by the London-based group that Beijing was blocking the Amnesty website in order to quell commemorations of anniversaries in 2009 that will be sensitive for China’s communist leadership.