Yahoo Com blocked in China

US MPs criticize internet censorship for China

The US MPs criticized the major American Internet operators Yahoo, Google, Microsoft and Cisco Systems for censorship measures in China on Wednesday (February 15, 2006). "These heinous actions in China are a shame," said Democratic MP Tom Lantos at a subcommittee hearing in Washington on the Internet in China subcommittee. He did not understand "how the management of your company can still sleep peacefully at night," criticized the MP for the invited representatives of the billion-dollar companies.

Profit does not justify this cooperation

Republican MP Chris Smith accuses the companies of serving the "dictatorship". The profit should not justify such cooperation with "tyranny", said the chairman of the US parliamentary subcommittee on human rights in the world.

Search engines self-censorship

In January, US Internet operators sparked protests around the world with self-censorship in their Chinese search engines, their help in filtering politically unpleasant content and the disclosure of personal data and e-mails in order to persecute civil rights activists.

Google wants to expand its Chinese website further

A Google representative, Elliot Schrage, admitted that doing business in China was self-censored. However, the company had to take Chinese laws into account. Doing business in China requires self-censorship, even if that contradicts the basic values ​​and standards of Google, Schrage said in a prepared statement. His house decided to continue building a Chinese web site so that it could "make a significant, if imperfect, contribution to expanding access to information in China."

Yahoo: It's about more than a company or industry

Yahoo lawyer Michael Callahan called on the US government to put pressure on China to change its laws. This is about bigger problems than those of a company or an industry. At the hearing, James Keith of the US State Department referred to China's growing efforts to manipulate and regulate the Internet.

China justifies itself

Ahead of Wednesday's hearing, China defended its strict Internet censorship. Very few foreign websites are blocked because of "harmful or illegal content". It is mostly about "pornography or terrorism", said the deputy head of the Internet office at the State Council, Liu Zhengrong, according to the newspaper "China Daily" on Wednesday (February 15).

Experts see China-critical information blocked

In contrast, experts pointed out that information critical of China, such as the Communist Party, the bloody suppression of the democracy movement in 1989, Taiwan or the religious head of the Tibetans, the Dalai Lama, is blocked. Porn sites, on the other hand, are quite accessible.

With around 110 million users, China is already the second largest internet market in the world after the USA. 20,000 new users are added every day. (cape)