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Bloggers Who Pursue Change Confront Fear And Mistrust – Philip P. Pan

From The Washington Post (link): When Zhao Jing moved his blog to Microsoft’s popular MSN Spaces site last summer, some users worried the Chinese government would block the entire service. The censors had blacklisted the last site where the young journalist had posted his spirited political essays, and he seemed unwilling to tone down his […]

Net firms at crossroads, says blogger – Kristine Kwok

From the South China Morning Post, via Asia Media: Foreign internet companies are facing a critical choice between giving in to Beijing’s media censorship or risking the loss of Net users, according to a prominent mainland blogger. Zhao Jing whose popular blog was shut down by Microsoft last month under central government pressure, said international […]

The China Syndrome – Brian Montopoli

From CBS News’ Public Eye blog: China is the world’s second largest Internet market, and the aggressive efforts of U.S. Internet companies to gain a foothold there have put them in a position where they must weigh potential profits against high minded principles. U.S. lawmakers are now holding hearings to look at American Internet companies […]

Microsoft revamps blogging policy – Jeremy Kirk

From Infoworld.com: After outrage from many of its own employees over its abrupt censoring of a Chinese blogger, Microsoft has formulated a new policy to deal with requests from a government that alleges posted material violates its laws. The measures were detailed by Microsoft’s (Profile, Products, Articles) top lawyer, Brad Smith, at the Government Leaders […]

Microsoft does China’s dirty work – Peter Singer

From The Taipei Times: Earlier this month it was reported that at the request of China’s rulers, Microsoft shut down the Web site of a Chinese blogger that was maintained on a Microsoft service called MSN Spaces. The blogger, Zhao Jing (Ë∂ô‰∫¨), had been reporting on a strike by journalists at the Beijing News that […]

Beijing’s New Enforcer: Microsoft – New York Times

From The New York Times: Reporters Without Borders, a group advocating press freedom, recommends that Internet companies also adopt a good conduct code, pledging not to filter out words like “democracy” and “human rights” from search engines and maintaining their e-mail and Internet servers outside China. Western businesses have always overestimated the price of defending […]

How China Controls the Internet – Bruce Einhorn

From Business Week: The news that Microsoft (MSFT ) shut down a Chinese blogger’s site at the request of Beijing officials is bringing a renewed focus on the role U.S. companies play in helping China control the Internet. It’s no secret that Western businesses that want to enter the Internet market in China have to […]

China’s Crackdown on Media – Frank Ching

From the Korea Times: China this week revised upward its growth rate for 1979-2004 by an additional 0.2 percentage point . to an average of 9.6 percent per year . in accordance with the findings of its first national economic survey. But while the economy is expanding at an explosive pace, the government is fearful […]

The freedom to blog – Los Angeles Times

From The Los Angeles Times: AFTER MICROSOFT SHUT down a popular Chinese-language blog recently, a barrage of anti-Microsoft messages began zinging around the blogosphere in China. One of them took that famous photo of a lone student blocking a line of tanks near Tiananmen Square and superimposed the Microsoft logo on each tank. Such an […]

The great firewall of China – Richard Taylor

From BBC NEWS: In the space of about a decade, China’s tech development has raced ahead to catch up with some of the most advanced countries in the West. But there are still stark differences, finds Richard Taylor. With a rapidly expanding online population, it is tempting to see China as hurtling full speed towards […]

Microsoft Defends Censoring a Dissident’s Blog in China – Kathy Chen and Geoffrey A. Fowler

From The Wall Street Journal, via phayul.com: Microsoft Corp. has shut down a popular Chinese-language blog that has published content potentially offensive to Chinese authorities, amid China’s ongoing efforts to control information on the Internet. Microsoft’s MSN Spaces, which lets users create their own Web sites or Web logs, closed down the blog, written by […]

Microsoft says censorship of China MSN Spaces in line with law – AFX

From AFX, via Forbes.com: Microsoft Corp said it was acting in line with global laws when it deleted a Chinese web blog hosted on its MSN Spaces service which posted articles critical of a management purge at a Beijing newspaper. ‘As a multi-national business, Microsoft operates in countries around the world. In line with Microsoft […]

MSN shuts An Ti – asiapundit

From asiapundit blog: The website of Michael Anti, one of China’s most provocative bloggers, have apparently been shut by MSN Spaces, following posts on a series of posts on the walkout by reporters at Beijing News and after Chinese blog service provider Bokee ran a column suggesting that authorities pay attention to Anti. Via ESWN.: […]

China removes editor of feisty tabloid – Benjamin Kang Lim and Chris Buckley

From Reuters, via SanDiego.com: The top editor of one of China’s boldest newspapers has been dismissed in what observers said was a move to strengthen Communist Party control over the media. Yang Bin, the editor-in-chief of the Beijing News – a tabloid that has often reported on official missteps and misdeeds – was removed on […]

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