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2008-08-02 06:00:11

Text of report by Hong Kong newspaper South China Morning Post website on 2 August [Report by Peter Simpson in Beijing: "Beijing Yields in Part To Pressure Over Internet Use"; headline as provided by source] The mainland government has yielded to mounting international pressure for it to loosen censorship of the internet and lifted restrictions on several banned websites -but the promise of unfettered access has still not been fulfilled. Journalists in the Olympic Village and the public...

2008-08-02 03:00:12

To: FOREIGN EDITORS Contact: Tao Wang, Global Internet Freedom Consortium, +1-888- 937-1688, contact@internetfreedom.org WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Global Internet Freedom Consortium (GIFC) announced today that their anti- censorship software tools are ready to help journalists and tourists during the Olympics, to circumvent China's Internet blockade. The software, which is available free of charge, can be downloaded onto a hard drive or USB drive to safely and...

2008-08-01 15:00:25

BEIJING _ China on Friday opened major cracks in its Great Firewall, allowing Internet users in the nation's largest cities rare glimpses at foreign Web sites that censors have blocked for years. China loosened its Internet restrictions after several days of intense foreign criticism that it had reneged on a pledge to relax censorship around the period of the Aug. 8-24 Beijing Olympic Games. In a highly unusual meeting with a group of foreign journalists early Friday, President Hu Jintao...

2008-07-29 15:00:38

Despite assurances that censorship of foreign Web sites would be lifted, journalists arriving in Beijing for the Olympics say some sites are still blocked. Politically sensitive Web sites such as two dealing with Tibet and Taiwan were still unreachable in Beijing Tuesday, The Telegraph reported. When asked why those Web sites were blocked, Sun Weijia, media operations director for the Olympic Games, said he didn't know of any such problems. I am not clear if the question of those two...

2006-08-09 23:15:12

By Lindsay Beck BEIJING (Reuters) - A rights group accused Western Internet companies on Thursday of complicity with censorship in China and called on Microsoft Corp., Google Inc. and Yahoo Inc. to resist Beijing's demands. New York-based Human Rights Watch called the blocking of politically sensitive Web sites and search terms "arbitrary, opaque and unaccountable" and urged the publicly traded firms to be upfront with their users about censorship. "It was ironic that companies...

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2006-02-13 15:49:34

NEW YORK -- America Online on Monday said it has launched a public test of a Chinese-language version of its U.S. Web site to court Chinese Americans, offering features that in some ways are more ambitious than its main U.S. site. The new site targets an estimated 2.7 million Chinese Americans and offers full-length features and episodes of TV series from China, viewable directly off the site. AOL's main U.S. site plans to offer vintage TV shows, but does not offer full length movies. Up to...

2005-09-08 12:12:21

By John Ruwitch HONG KONG (Reuters) - Internet giant Yahoo Inc. defended itself on Thursday against accusations that it supplied data to Chinese authorities which led to the imprisonment of a journalist, saying it has to abide local laws. Press watchdogs accused Yahoo Holdings (Hong Kong) Ltd. of providing details about e-mail communications that helped identify, and were used as evidence against, Shi Tao, who was sentenced in April to 10 years in prison for leaking state secrets...

2005-09-08 02:01:05

By John Ruwitch HONG KONG (Reuters) - Internet giant Yahoo Inc. defended itself on Thursday against accusations that it supplied data to Chinese authorities which led to the imprisonment of a journalist, saying it has to abide local laws. Press watchdogs accused Yahoo Holdings (Hong Kong) Ltd. of providing details about e-mail communications that helped identify, and were used as evidence against, Shi Tao, who was sentenced in April to 10 years in prison for leaking state secrets...