Emilie Raguso

Big Bad Web

Exposure to the Internet leads to family turmoil, virtual kidnapping and death, according to “China’s Official Gateway to News & Information”. Several stories in April share a similar alarmist tone: a mother gets addicted to the Internet, and runs off with her “Cyber Boyfriend”; a high school boy must be “rescued” from an Internet cafe […]

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Internet media industry magazine debuts (China Daily)

China’s first official media industry Internet magazine debuted earlier this week in Beijing. The China Foreign Languages Publishing and Distribution Administration sponsors the site, which intends to address all aspects of Internet policy and development. I was not able to find an English link to the site; someone with Chinese typing capabilities would probably be […]

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Constitutional amendments are mixed blessing (NY Times)

The New York Times reports that China’s thirteen new constitutional amendments address property and human rights concerns. However, “Chinese legal experts and even lawmakers said the changes, which were decided in closed-door sessions of the governing Communist Party last fall and formally approved Sunday, would not remove government restrictions on protest. China’s Constitution is subordinate […]

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Increasing constraints on Internet news access

Since China’s annual People’s National Congress convened on March 5, the Chinese government has blocked chinese-language Internet versions of the Wall Street Journal and Deutsche Welle. Both Deutsche Welle and Reporters Without Borders (RSF) have repudiated this limitation of access during the congress and in the larger context of growing censorship. RSF also spoke out […]

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60% Increase in Imprisoned Web Activists

With Chinese Internet users reaching almost 80 million by Dec. 2003, the Chinese government continues to restrict web access and crack down on free expression. A new report by Amnesty International details the jailing of activists who try to use the Internet for political causes. BBC News summarizes this report, noting that “China is believed […]

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