Censorship in China has Internet users angry

June 20, 2007

The inevitable reaction?
clipped from www.newscientisttech.com

Users rage against China’s ‘Great Firewall’

Yang Zhou is no cyber-dissident, but recent curbs on his web surfing habits by China’s censors have him fomenting discontent about China’s “Great Firewall.”

Yang’s fury erupted a few days ago when he found he could not browse his friend’s holiday snaps on Flickr.com, due to access restrictions by censors after images of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre were posted on the photo-sharing website.

“Once you’ve complained all you can to your friends, what more can you do? What else is there but anger and disillusionment?” Yang says after venting his anger with friends at a hot-pot restaurant in Beijing.

Flickr is the latest casualty of China’s ongoing battle to control the internet. Wikipedia and a raft of other popular websites, discussion boards and blogs have already fallen victim to the country’s censors.

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