Sunday, January 08, 2006

Just a Heads Up

I just wanted to post this for informational purposes. I had a link to this gentleman on this site. When it stoped working last week I just assumed that the ChiComs either shut the guy down, or he was arrested. The was titled "someone with the balls to blog from China". What a surprise that The "Man of The Year" Billy Gates shut him down. Thanks Bill what would free speech be with out you. Just one more reason to buy a Mac.

Microsoft Kowtows to Beijing, Again
From today's New York Times.

Microsoft has shut the blog site of a well-known Chinese blogger who uses its MSN online service in China after he discussed a high-profile newspaper strike that broke out here one week ago.
The decision is the latest in a series of measures in which some of America's biggest technology companies have cooperated with the Chinese authorities to censor Web sites and curb dissent or free speech online as they seek access to China's booming Internet marketplace.
Microsoft drew criticism last summer when it was discovered that its blog tool in China was designed to filter words like "democracy" and "human rights" from blog titles. The company said Thursday that it must "comply with global and local laws."
The move by Microsoft comes at a time when the Chinese government is stepping up its own efforts to crack down on press freedom. Several prominent editors and journalists have been jailed in China over the last few years and charged with everything from espionage to revealing state secrets.

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