Minitrue: Scrub Obama’s Call for Open Internet
The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online. The name of the issuing body has been omitted to protect the source.
All websites in all locales are forbidden from reporting on U.S. president Obama’s call at APEC for China to open the Internet. (November 11, 2014)
Obama urged China to give its citizen access to the free and open Internet and for labor reforms in a speech at APEC on Monday:
Steady, sustainable growth requires promoting policies and practices that keep the Internet open and accessible.
[…] We know that if given a choice, our young people would demand more access to the world’s information, not less. We know that if allowed to organize, our workers would better — demand working conditions that don’t injure them, that keep them safe; that they’re looking for stronger labor and environmental safeguards, not weaker. We know that if given a voice, women wouldn’t say give us less; they’d speak up for more access to markets, more access to capital, more seats in our legislature and our boardrooms. [Source]
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