Censorship in China

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China is one of the most controlled countries in the world. The Chinese constitution states that the people of China have freedom of speech, of the press, and of demonstration. However, this article in the constitution also states that the Chinese government has the authority to censor anything in the country when freedom of speech or of press could potentially be harmful to the country. So, in China, you are free to speak, but only about what the government says is okay to talk about. Also, protesting in China is a very dangerous task, as shown in the Tiananmen Square Massacre in 1989. But, in August 2009, Chinese Internet users were able to “indefinitely postpone” the use of censorship software on all new computers in China, called the “Green Dam Youth Escort.” This software would block websites that the Chinese government saw as offensive. Internet use in China is very restricted. As of 2010, all Internet users are required to register online with their real names before posting anything in a chat room or on a social networking site. Another example of the Internet troubles in China is the “China-Google” story. Google entered the Chinese market in 2006, on the condition that Google would agree to censor all of the search results according to the Chinese government. An example of this censorship is searching “Tiananmen Square Massacre” in China will return no results. It is as if it never happened. But, in summer of 2010, Google’s relationship with China came to a screeching halt when, after being hacked from China-based hackers, Google decided to no longer censor any of the search results. Currently, Google has withdrawn from China and directs all Chinese web users to the Hong Kong Google site, which is not filtered. To combat this, China created its own Internet search Engine, called Baidu. This search engine does censor results. The censorship in China began when the communist party took control over eighty years ago. They began to adopt the idea of a...
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