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Re: liangzai: "99.99% ...unblocked..."
For your information, I receive no money whatsoever from any Chinese body of government or business. My money comes from my European home country. I am not Chinese. I am a white Westerner, holding libertarian views. As such, I could criticize China in many ways, and I frequently do, but my criticism is informed. Those who rant about the Chinese being oh so censored and blocked simply do not know what they are talking about. It is that simple.|
You can find sites describing that sites have been blocked in China. What they report is true in most cases (but not in all, because some of these reporters do not know the technical underpinnings of the Internet very well, and can't tell the difference between the Great Firewall and a regular router outage). But what they describe is that some pages on these sites, or in some cases whole sites, have been blocked for a very limited time: this is different from a constant block. There are sites that are regularly blocked, some on T ibet, some on F auln G ong, but then again, there are many others on that subject that are not.
The number of porn sites being blocked is tiny in proportion to the number of available sites. It is a drop in the ocean.
News sites... apart from the BBC I have yet to see a news site being blocked in any way. This goes for English langauge news sites as well as news sites in other languages. I have yet to see a Swedish, Norwegian, French or Dutch site being blocked.
For the argument of censoring on this very site... well, this is a forum belonging to a Chinese state owned newspaper. They, if any, have a reason not to bite the hand that feeds them, because if they let anything thorugh, they can lose their license. It is that simple. Most any forum in the West have similar rules, only in a different form. Very few fora in the West allow posting of hatred, racism and such, and those who do have moderation systems of some kind. But above all, this single forum doesn't constitute the Internet, and it doesn't constitute China. What is not allowed here could very well be allowed in another forum. The point is, China Daily is the sole arbitrator of this forum, and they represent themselves and only themselves.
Thus, my conclusion that the Chinese can inform themselves about absolutely everything on the net is true. The censorship in China doesn't work like many Westerners, particularly Americans, believe.