China’s ‘BMW killer’ case upheld

In a follow-up to the “BMW case”, which spurred widespread online protests in China, a lenient sentence was upheld for a woman who killed a peasant with her car, the BBC reported today. The full report is here. We’ll see how Internet users in China react to this news.

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Scholarly Trudeau website blocked in China (Globe and Mail)

This article is on March 26’s technology page of Globe and Mail, written by Geoffery York. “When computer sleuths from the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation studied the users of its website over the past 12 months, they found something very mysterious: Not a single person from China had visited the site.” Click here for the […]

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The Web Won’t Topple Tyranny (New Republic)

March 25, 2004 In a provocative piece, Joshua Kurlantzick of the New Republic challenges the argument that the Internet is a powerful force for democracy. Instead he argues that the Internet has turned out to be a paper tiger against tyranny and authoritarian regimes, and that it may actually help to strengthen them. He insists […]

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China to Talk With U.S. on Semiconductor Tax (New York Times)

March 27, 2004 “China said Friday that it had agreed to talks with the United States about a tax Beijing imposed on imported semiconductors that Washington contends gives Chinese producers an unfair advantage. The United States started a complaint with the World Trade Organization last week over the 17 percent value-added tax China places on […]

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Analysis on China-Taiwan Policy

Orville published an OP-ED piece on Project Syndicate about Taiwan on March 19. He has given analysis on dynamics behind China’s policy towards Taiwan and wrote: “Taiwan may have the right to pursue independence, but regional peace and democratization of China are far more important and worthy outcomes.” The full article is here.

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No internet cafes allowed around schools, residential areas (Xinhua)

2004-03-24 “Local governments across China have been ordered not to approve any Internet cafe operations in residential areas or within 200 meters of primary and high schools…….The Chinese government has, therefore, launched a nationwide check on all Internet cafes from February to August so as to halt the entry of minors as well as to […]

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Taiwanese President Agrees to Recount of Disputed Vote (NY times)

March 23, 2004 By KEITH BRADSHER and JOSEPH KAHN TAIPEI, Taiwan, Tuesday, March 23 ” President Chen Shui-bian of Taiwan agreed Tuesday morning to a recount of his disputed victory by a razor-thin margin (0.2%) in the presidential elections on Saturday, giving in to pressure from street demonstrations and the United States. Clickhere to read […]

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Viacom Plans Joint Venture in China(AP)

March 23, 2004 I got this news from New York Times SHANGHAI, China (AP) — Viacom Inc., the owner of the CBS, Nickelodeon and MTV television networks, plans to collaborate with the Shanghai Media Group on producing TV programs for youngsters in China’s largest city — the first such joint venture since China opened TV […]

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China Suspends Human Rights Dialogue With U.S. (BBC)

March 23, 2004 “China says it has suspended all discussions with the United States on human rights’ issues. Beijing broke off contacts as the US prepared to condemn its human rights record at a United Nations meeting. The American ambassador in Beijing was summoned to be told that China “cannot but immediately halt bilateral human […]

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Intel Powers Network Center of Chinese State Grid

This special feature article was on Intel’s publication: Grid Today. “The Computer Network Information Center (CNIC) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and Lenovo (Holdings) Co., Ltd. recently reached an agreement by which Lenovo, with the guidance of the National 863 Project, will work with CNIC to build for CAS a powerful High Performance […]

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Southern Metropolis News editors arrested

In a further update to the story below, Southern Metropolis News (Nanfang Dushi Bao) editor Cheng Yizhong was arrested on March 19, and is being investigated on corruption charges. This appears to be another attempt to silence one of China’s most independent and outspoken newspapers. For more information on this case, see CPJ’s news alert […]

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Chinese court jails paper staff (BBC)

By Louisa Lim BBC correspondent in Beijing A Chinese court has sentenced the former general manager of an outspoken newspaper to 12 years in prison for bribery and corruption. In China’s tightly-controlled media market, the Southern Metropolis News was one of the most fearless papers. The newspaper has repeatedly embarrassed the authorities by exposing official […]

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