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March 13, 2007

China to Regulate Blogging

The government of China wants to extend its supervision of the Internet to blogger and hosted video sites.  At the same time, the country says that a citizen's freedom of expression will be fully protected.  There are 34 million blogs in China, a paltry number considering the population as a whole is over 1 billion and growing.  China, however, sees unfettered postings as a threat.  Some write about politics, and others about the seamy details of their personal life.  Nothing is in effect yet, but reports indicate the rules are coming.  It will only be a matter of time before someone figures out how to get around them.

The story is in the International Herald Tribune.

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I am not so sure the rules will be coming, but I agree with you that they are not likely to be effective.

The number of blogs in China should be viewed in relation to the number of internet users there, not its population. Hundreds of millions have virtually no internet access not because of censorship, but because of poverty.

Posted by: China Law Blog | Mar 13, 2007 1:47:21 PM

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