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A “Journey to the Heart of Internet censorship” on eve of party congress

first_imgReports Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes ChinaAsia – Pacific China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison RSF_en As the Communist Party of China prepares to inaugurate its 17th Congress on 15 October, Reporters Without Borders today publishes the first report on online censorship in China by someone inside the country. Researched and written by a Chinese technician working for an Internet company, it describes the mechanisms used to censor the Internet and how the Internet Information Administrative Bureau controls the leading news websites. News Receive email alerts Related documents Journey to the Heart of Internet CensorshipPDF – 407.55 KB April 27, 2021 Find out more In partnership with Reporters Without Borders and Chinese Human Rights Defenders, a Chinese Internet expert working in IT industry has produced an exclusive study on the key mechanism of the Chinese official system of online censorship, surveillance and propaganda. The author prefers to remain anonymous.On the eve of the 17th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), which opens this week in Beijing, Reporters Without Borders and the Chinese Human Rights Defenders call on the government to allow the Chinese to exercise their rights to freedom of press, expression and information.“This system of censorship is unparalleled anywhere in the world and is an insult to the spirit of online freedom,” the two organisations said. “With less than a year to go before the Beijing Olympics, there is an urgent need for the government to stop blocking thousands of websites, censoring online news and imprisoning Internet activists.”This report shows how the CCP and the government have deployed colossal human and financial resources to obstruct online free expression. Chinese news websites and blogs have been brought under the editorial control of the propaganda apparatus at both the national and local levels.The use of the Internet keeps growing in China. The country now has more than 160 million Internet users and at least 1.3 million websites. But the Internet’s promise of free expression and information has been nipped in the bud by the Chinese government’s online censorship and surveillance system.“Journey to the Heart of Internet Censorship” explains how this control system functions and identifies its leading actors such the Internet Propaganda Administrative Bureau (an offshoot of the Information Office of the State Council, the executive office of the government), the Bureau of Information and Public Opinion (an offshoot of the party’s Publicity Department, the former Propaganda Department) and the Internet Bureau (another Publicity Department offshoot).The report also documents how the Beijing Internet Information Administrative Bureau has in practice asserted its daily editorial control over the leading news websites based in the nation’s Capital. It gives many examples of the actual instructions issued by officials in charge of this bureau.The last part of the report gives the results of a series of tests conducted with the mechanism of control through filtering keywords. These tests clearly show that, though there are still many disparities in the levels of censorship, the authorities have successfully coerced the online media into submission to censor themselves heavily on sensitive subjects.This report recommends using proxy servers, exploiting the different levels of censorship between provinces or between levels in the administration and using new Internet technologies (blogs, discussion forums, Internet telephony etc.)Download the full report June 2, 2021 Find out morecenter_img China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures to go further March 12, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News October 10, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 A “Journey to the Heart of Internet censorship” on eve of party congress ChinaAsia – Pacific Organisation Follow the news on China Newslast_img read more

Russia issues security guarantee to Arsenal fans

first_img“We will ensure security in equal measures to all — from dignitaries to fans,” Sorokin told TASS.But he also expressed a hint of annoyance at Arsenal’s decision to put up the Foreign Office travel advisory after Friday’s Europa League draw.“To us, there is no difference which country people come from or what our diplomatic relations with them are,” he said.“There are absolutely no grounds for such warnings.”Sorokin has been fighting an uphill battle to clean up Russia’s image ahead of its first World Cup at home.The June 14 to July 15 tournament has been associated closely with Vladimir Putin ever since the Russian strongman wrested the hosting rights away from England in 2010.Organisers are keen to resolve all the controversies and the poisoning case does not help.Preparations have already been shadowed by concerns ranging from racism to hooliganism and doping that saw Russia perform at the Pyeongchang Winter Games under a neutral Olympic flag.British Prime Minister Theresa May decided to give the World Cup itself a snub by announcing that royals and ministers would not be attending.A boycott by the England team is thought unlikely despite wide-ranging speculations about it in the media and support from some British MPs.Share on: WhatsApp Moscow, Russia | AFP | Russia has issued a security guarantee to Arsenal fans who will visit Moscow for a Europa League clash in the heat of a diplomatic crisis over an ex-double agent’s poisoning.Moscow on Saturday announced the expulsion of 23 British diplomats in a tit-for-tar response to London’s “provocative” measures over the nerve agent attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter in England.Britain issued a travel warning to people in or planning to travel to Russia after expelling the same number of Moscow diplomats on Wednesday.And Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on Friday said it was “overwhelmingly likely” that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally ordered the attack.The Kremlin called his comments “shocking and unforgivable”.All of which has left Arsenal fans alarmed about the prospects of playing CSKA in Moscow on April 12 for the second leg of their Europe League quarter-final.One Arsenal supporters’ group called it “a hot potato of a draw in view of the political stand-off”.The club itself reposted on its website a Foreign Office travel advisory warning of possible “anti-British sentiment or harassment”.Russia’s World Cup organising committee chief Alexei Sorokin expressed disappointment about the tensions and said Arsenal fans have nothing to fear.“It is a shame that the games will be played in such circumstance,” said Sorokin, who is also a senior member of the Russian Football Union.last_img read more

Syracuse’s Ennis gets phone call from VP Joe Biden

first_imgSyracuse’s Tyler Ennis (11) shoots 3-pointer between Pittsburgh’s Cameron Wright (3) and Josh Newkirk, left, in the final second of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Freshman point guard Tyler Ennis of top-ranked Syracuse is basking in some praise after his game-winning shot against Pittsburgh.Vice President Joe Biden called Ennis on Thursday to congratulate him on his “amazing 35-foot buzzer beater” that kept the Orange unbeaten. The vice president’s office tweeted a photograph of Biden at his desk while on the phone with Ennis. Biden received his law degree from Syracuse University.Ennis took an inbounds pass with 4.4 seconds left on Wednesday night, dribbled into Pittsburgh territory and split two defenders before launching a high, arcing shot that swished as time expired. It gave Syracuse a 58-56 victory, a school-record 24th win in a row.last_img read more