Wednesday, April 13, 2011

China accuses U.S. of (mis) censor Internet

It's a response a little more original than the traditional diplomatic protests: in response to the publication by the United States in the 2010 edition of its report on Human Rights (folder on China, PDF) at again very critical of Beijing, the Chinese government this week published its own report on the situation of human rights in the United States.

The text, much shorter than its American counterpart, lists of police brutality, prison conditions and anti-terrorism laws under which Beijing is a catalog of violations of human rights committed by Washington. Part of the document is devoted specifically to digital freedom, an issue of a long conflict between Beijing and Washington.

Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton has recently taken positions marked to defend freedom of expression online, and announced plans to launch a "diplomacy of social networks" after the revolts in Tech Buzz Arab News. "DOUBLE STANDARD" This is a double discourse, J. Beijing: "The United States applies a double standard for Internet freedom," says the Chinese report.

"[They] call for complete freedom in other countries, [...] while imposing severe restrtictions on their own territory." Beijing takes particular example of how the U.S. government manages the revelations of Wikileaks, "trying to create a legal framework to combat the challenge posed by the site.

China also believes that the ability of U.S. Customs to search without a warrant, the contents of phones and laptops of travelers entering the U.S. terrtoire constitutes a serious violation of their privacy. The Chinese report also contains, between the lines, a justification of some of the censorship enacted by Beijing.

The chapter on digital freedoms, which includes figures on the unsolicited exposure of minors to pornographic images U.S., judge and "pornography on the Internet is massive and creates significant damage in American children." One way to defend the Chinese law, which prohibits the dissemination of pornography online, the Chinese police rising steadily extensive crackdowns against the hosting of pornographic sites.

The activists of human rights believe that these operations are also used to punish the hosts too lenient towards the political sites.

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