google censors itself for china
google launched the new censored version of www.google.cn today.
“google has said it will censor its search services in china in order to gain greater access to china’s fast-growing market.
google has offered a chinese-language version of its search engine for years but users have been frustrated by government blocks on the site.
the company is setting up a new site – google.cn – which it will censor itself to satisfy the authorities in beijing.
google argued it would be more damaging to pull out of china altogether.
critics warn the new version could restrict access to thousands of sensitive terms and web sites. such topics are likely to include independence for taiwan and the 1989 tiananmen square massacre.
the chinese government keeps a tight rein on the internet and what users can access. the bbc news site is inaccessible, while a search on Google.cn for the banned falun gong spiritual movement directs users to a string of condemnatory articles.”
i can’t support that kind of censorship and can’t believe that chinese people can be restricted by such efforts to get the information they want to. the internet is a free medium and can’t be censored like this – it’s the wrong way – sad …