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Monday, January 30, 2006

Tech Firms Refuse to Appear Before Congressional Caucus Briefing on China's Internet Censorship

Bruce Kesler at Democracy Project links to an AFP report on U.S. technology firms boycotting Wednesday's meeting of the Human Rights Caucus of the U.S. Congress. The meeting's purpose is to look at how U.S. firms like Microsoft and Cisco have aided the Chinese communist regime's suppression of freedom of speecha and thought on the Internet.

The Feb.1 meeting is a briefing, not an official hearing because the caucus is not a standing congressional committee. Even so, the event is likely to generate additional coverage of the issue and perhaps help fuel some kind of action in Congress aimed at resisting the Chinese communist government's actions.

There will be an official congressional hearing Feb. 15 when the House of Representatives' Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights and International Operations is convened by its chairman, Rep. Christopher Smith, R-NJ.