8 June, 2005

china blog crackdown in NYT

Howard W French has offered a reproduction of his NYT item on China’s internet crackdown:

Signs of the Internet’s growing power in China came this spring during a wave of popular demonstrations against Japan in which organizers relied heavily on private Web pages, blogs and mass cellphone messages to mobilize protesters. In the space of a few weeks, as many as 40 million signatures were collected online to demand that Japan be barred from obtaining a seat on the United Nations Security Council.
The Chinese authorities may have tacitly approved of the anti-Japanese demonstrations, but in a system built around tight state control over political expression and association, the idea of millions of citizens using the Internet to rally around political issues is anathema.
Growing concern among China’s leaders about the destabilizing potential of the Internet comes during a campaign of increasingly harsh measures against political dissent, arrests of journalists and other restrictions on expression.

Zz1Meanwhile, via a mailing list, I was notified that registered China blogs must display a seal of approval from the government. An example is at the left (click to enlarge. Asiapundit is overseas hosted and will not be seeking state approval. UPDATE: Rebecca has noted, via email, that the registration on the side is NOT related to the website registration.

"From what i am seeing i would suggest that to claim that the registration document pictured on your blog post is connected with the website registration requirements is a mis-representation. it would be more accurate to claim that the number displayed in the blue box at the bottom of http://www.yilutong.com/ is in compliance with the website registration regulations."

My apologies.

by @ 9:34 pm. Filed under Blogs, China, Northeast Asia, Censorship

One Response to “china blog crackdown in NYT”

  1. Rebecca MacKinnon Says:

    Greetings Myrick. Out of curiosity what mailing list did this document come from? It is actually an operating license for a company in Dalian (software technology services, development & design, etc.) The document is dated August 2002, with a renewal stamp for each successive year. So I’m a little confused as to what the bloggers are actually supposed to have here that pertains to this document. Any ideas?

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