27 January 2010

In criticizing Hillary, China shoots the messenger

Chinese officials have been criticizing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for her condemnation of China's Internet censorship.

This comes on the heels of Google's announcement earlier this month that it is "no longer willing to continue censoring [its search] results" on its Chinese service.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry fired back and claimed that "China's [I]nternet is open."

It went on to say, "We urge the US to respect facts and stop attacking China under the excuse of the so-called freedom of [I]nternet."

So-called freedom indeed.

China seems to be implying that Google and Clinton are making baseless accusations -- even though Google has admitted that it has been censoring its search results in China for years to comply with the Chinese government's requirements.

As is common amongst the guilty, China's criticism of Secretary Clinton amounts to shooting the messenger.

The truth is still the truth. And I bet they'll be censoring this blog post.

>> Read more about censorship in China from Amnesty International.

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