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Thursday, November 03, 2005

China Silences Pro-Democracy Blogger As U.S. House Defeats Internet Freedom Bill

Did you know that China's communist tyrants shut down the blog of Wang Yi, a pro-democracy writer, after a German public radio station nominated the Chinese dissident's work in the "freedom of expression" category of a contest for bloggers?

I didn't either, but Bruce Kesler at Democracy Project did and so did Reporters Without Borders, which noted that "the company that hosts the Tianya website closed the blog down on the orders of the Internet surveillance bureau in Hai Nan province (southwest of Guangzhou). When Internet users now try to access the blog, they see an error message saying it is 'no longer accessible.'"

Now would be a perfect time for Yahoo, Google, Cisco and the rest of the technology firms who profit from the existence of the Internet to step forward and host Yi's blog at no cost, and announce that they have reconsidered their cooperation with official Chinese suppression of bloggers.