The international response calls for the halting of these immoral actions, but China still claims that it is destroying an evil institution. The simple fact China denies its members freedom of religion violates the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which China has signed, but the violence against its people if they adhere to Falun Gong beliefs is a gross abuse of its power. Although China bans many religions, there is special emphasis on the Falun Gong, and many wonder why. One highly possible reason is that the growth, international reach, and popularity of the Falun Gong threatens the universal power the CCP holds in China, weakening the government, and therefore leading to the destruction of the threat: the Falun Gong. The Falun Gong, despite what the CCP may say, is not an evil insti... ... middle of paper ... ... Tiananmen incident, Falun Gong, and the Beijing Olympics.
The Politics of Censorship – Bryan Thetford Such an enormous investment is, out of necessity, coupled with legislation and bureaucracy. In 2010 the People's Republic of China released a white-paper via their Information Office detailing its policies for implementing and regulating the Internet (Xu). Delegating control to over a dozen government organizations and detailing 18 specific laws or decisions regarding China's Internet, the document is nothing if not thorough (Dance to The Revolution). Despite this, it is largely seen as a propaganda piece, prompting one American writer, Rebecca MacKinnon, to compare the reading of the white-paper to perusing an article in The Onion. The comparison of a legislative document to a publication known for witty and scathing parody arises from the stark contrast between the spirit of the Chinese laws regarding Internet Censorship and their practical, day to day implementation (MacKinnon).
Essentially, this list is comprised of over one thousand words - like “democracy” and “freedom” – which the Chinese government has banned its populace from using publicly. If people fail to comply and choose to write or speak any of these government- censored words in a public forum, these citizens risk grave punishment -- or worse. Sensitive List is an artistic response to the attempt of the Chinese government to muzzle and restrict its people’s freedoms in expression, including my own. Sensitive List was greatly influenced by the work of Ai Weiwei, a Chinese contemporary artist who landed on the government’s so-called “sensitive list” because of his artistic and political daring. His art questions and challenges the policies of his restrictive government, and so does mine.
While China defends their practice of internet censorship, based on “protecting” the people, heavy internet censorship is a block to free speech and impedes economic and social development in the 21st century. China says it has its reasons for censoring its internet. Wang Chen, minister for the State Council Information Office, defends China’s position, stating, “There is an ever-increasing need to ‘guide public opinion’ on the Chinese Internet.”(McCabe) Government reasoning is the prevalence of porn, fraud, and “rumor-mongering.” He also states that this is something that the Chinese people want. China has already taken steps towards controlling the internet. In July of 2009 China cut internet and cell phone service in much of Xinjiang province in response to civil unrest that the government says was organized over the internet.
In 1984, Orwell fears government control of media because it helped brainwash and control the citizens in Nazi Germany and the USSR and today it continues to inhibit free will and thought in areas such as China and Russia. Several times throughout 1984, Orwell emphasizes the dangers of the government having total control of the media. The government holds a tight rein over the large population of the proles by producing all of the media they have access to. When referring to the Party’s control over the media he says “the primary job was not to reconstruct the past but to supply the citizens of Oceania… with every conceivable kind of information (Orwell 43).” Orwell fears that this control over the supply of all information, which is announced and broadcasted through the media, leads to mindless citizens and brainwashed children. Winston’s work in the Ministry of Truth makes “it is now impossible for any human being to prove by documentary evidence that the war with Eurasia ever occurred (Orwell 183).” The governments control over history leads to citizens easily believing what they hear in the media and even if someone does not believe there is nothing they can do to disprove it.
People are always going to come in contact with someone who has different views than them it is just how things go. If the government are just going to put in rules to silence alternative views then that means they just want all the public to think like them and they do not want people to get any other ideas of what they are doing. The Chinese censorship effort is tremendous, the government have employ thousands of censors and internet police to monitor what is on the internet (Gary King). If the Chinese government puts this much effort into silencing what people are saying over the internet then who knows what they are really trying to keep quiet. People should have their right to say and discuss what they want over the internet or where ever they want to.
The Great Firewall is what people call the firewall that prevents users from reaching certain sites. To find the sites that need censoring, they create algorithms to go through the internet looking for blacklisted words. Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are required to cooperate with the government and sign the public pledge, which has been criticized by the United... ... middle of paper ... ...orried about China and it's censoring. Some businesses do not want to initiate deals because of the limited access of the internet. All the monitoring and censorship causes issues with business, trade, and the economy.
In China, the government restricts information given and taught in schools. For example, on January 11, 2011, China banned the Bayesian statistics textbook written by Andrew Gelman (Doctorow, 2011). The book was believed to contain examples of election polls and one being on testing for election fraud. China also monitors, filters, and restricts information in the internet. Chine had made an agreement with search engine companies such as, Google and Yahoo to ensure that they block access to sites such like BBC and Voice of America (Sheets, “Internet Edu.
This software restricts access to certain websites like Wikileaks and You tube that expose corruption, police brutality and similar acts. The freedom to access the internet has been denied to the Chinese citizens. Their government only lets them see what is considered safe and appropriate. This is a violation of the right to access information freely. The people and not the government should have the right to choose on what to view on the internet.
So sedition could restrict your freedom of expression. Theft Of State secrets refers to the information on the relations between the Central Authorities and the HKSAR on information acquired by 'illegal' access. Possession of these would mean a theft of state secrets. This doesn't specify what a state secret is. It could mean that if a newspaper had published an article that there had been a military exercise in China and the government hadn't want people to know that there was one, the newspaper could be shut down or the journalist arrested.