China's Digital Censorship Battle Heats Up

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Google says it is closing its Web site in mainland China. Instead, it will redirect users to an uncensored version of Google where searches are not censored: Hong Kong.

"I don't know what the Chinese government will do to Google next," Blogger Zhou "Zuola" Shuguang told The Associated Press. "But I welcome the move and support Google because an uncensored search engine is something that I need."

China's cabinet called the move wrong and unreasonable. "We're uncompromisingly opposed to the politicization of commercial issues, and express our discontent and indignation to Google for its unreasonable accusations and conducts," a cabinet official told the Xinhua News Agency.

Mainland China Web surfers are blocked from accessing sites including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, according to The AP.

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