Internet Censorship May be Global Soon

Before you curse China again for having a Net Nanny, better read this post and access the NPR link.

Russia is the culprit to watch.  According to NPR, every year since 1998, Russia has introduced a resolution at the UN calling for an international agreement to combat what it calls “information terrorism”.


According to this news broadcast, the U.S. is involved too.

NPR recently broadcast a story on this topic, Seeing the Internet as an Information Weapon, which mentions a host of other countries that want global Internet censorship. Click on the NPR link and listen to the story.

Brazil, Chili, and India, are on that list too.  Often, when we read or hear about India, we are reminded “proudly” by the Western media that India is the world’s largest democracy.

These countries, including India, want governments to play a bigger role on the Internet.

China is not the only country that wants to censor the Internet, so why do we only hear about China?

See Google’s China SeeSaw

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Lloyd Lofthouse is the award-winning author of the concubine saga, My Splendid Concubine & Our Hart. When you love a Chinese woman, you marry her family and culture too. 

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4 Responses to Internet Censorship May be Global Soon

  1. Sino-Gist says:

    Trust me, i know all about circumventing the ‘Great Firewall’, having done it several times myself. I don’t think this is a case of the US forcing its values on eachother, as the constitutional guarantee of freedom of speech is not an idea unique to the USA.

    • “the constitutional guarantee of freedom of speech is not an idea unique to the USA”

      True but it doesn’t have a great track record and “Freedom of Speech” is still a Western concept/theory

      Freedom of the press and/or speech does not protect us against those who take advantage of the protections and lie, twist the facts, misinterpret and/or make mistakes, which is often. My BA is in journalism and that’s where I learned just how flawed the so called free press is-free to make as many mistakes as they want many times on purpose.

      The real meaning behind freedom of speech and the press is the protection offered from the government for speaking lies or truths.
      Then of course, there are the courts that may punish you for speaking the truth or lies.

      The first republic was the Roman Republic, which was founded about 509 BC, just about the same time as the first democracy in Athens (However, the first republic and democracy had slaves and only a small number of people could vote). Source: History for Kids

      Since the concept of a Republic as the West defines it comes from the Romans, let’s see what happened to Socrates for speaking his mind in 330 BC.
      Socrates speaks to jury at his trial: ‘If you offered to let me off this time on condition I am not any longer to speak my mind… I should say to you, “Men of Athens, I shall obey the Gods rather than you.”‘ (Even in the first so-called democracy, there wasn’t freedom of speech)

      1215 Magna Carta, wrung from the unwilling King John by his rebellious barons, is signed. It will later be regarded as the cornerstone of liberty in England.
      1516 The Education of a Christian Prince by Erasmus. ‘In a free state, tongues too should be free.’
      1633 Galileo Galilei hauled before the Inquisition after claiming the sun does not revolve around the earth.
      1644 ‘Areopagitica’, a pamphlet by the poet John Milton, argues against restrictions of freedom of the press. ‘He who destroys a good book, kills reason itself.’
      1689 Bill of Rights grants ‘freedom of speech in Parliament’ after James II is overthrown and William and Mary installed as co-rulers.
      1770 Voltaire writes in a letter: ‘Monsieur l’abbé, I detest what you write, but I would give my life to make it possible for you to continue to write.’
      1789 ‘The Declaration of the Rights of Man’, a fundamental document of the French Revolution, provides for freedom of speech .
      1791 The First Amendment of the US Bill of Rights guarantees five freedoms: of religion, speech, the press, the right to assemble and the right to petition the government for a redress of grievances
      1859 ‘On Liberty’, an essay by the philosopher John Stuart Mill, argues for toleration and individuality. ‘If any opinion is compelled to silence, that opinion may, for aught we can certainly know, be true. To deny this is to assume our own infallibility.’
      1859 On the Origin of Species, by Charles Darwin, expounds the theory of natural selection. TH Huxley publicly defends Darwin against religious fundamentalists.
      1929 Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, of the US Supreme Court, outlines his belief in free speech: ‘The principle of free thought is not free thought for those who agree with us but freedom for the thought we hate.’
      1948 The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is adopted virtually unanimously by the UN General Assembly. It urges member nations to promote human, civil, economic and social rights, including freedom of expression and religion.
      1958 Two Concepts of Liberty, by Isaiah Berlin, identifies negative liberty as an absence or lack of impediments, obstacles or coercion, as distinct from positive liberty (self-mastery and the presence of conditions for freedom).
      1960 After a trial at Old Bailey, Penguin wins the right to publish D H Lawrence’s sexually explicit novel, Lady Chatterley’s Lover.
      1962 One Day In the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn describes life in a labour camp during Stalin’s era. Solzhenitsyn is exiled in 1974.
      1989 Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeini issues a fatwa against Salman Rushdie over the ‘blasphemous’ content of his novel, The Satanic Verses. The fatwa is lifted in 1998.
      1992 In Manufacturing Consent, Noam Chomsky points out: ‘Goebbels was in favour of free speech for views he liked. So was Stalin. If you’re in favour of free speech, then you’re in favour of freedom of speech precisely for views you despise.’
      2001 In the wake of 9/11, the Patriot Act gives the US government new powers to investigate individuals suspected of being a threat, raising fears for civil liberties.
      2002 Nigerian journalist Isioma Daniel incenses Muslims by writing about the Prophet Mohammed and Miss World, provoking riots which leave more than 200 dead.
      2004 Dutch film maker Theo van Gogh is killed after release of his movie about violence against women in Islamic societies.
      2005 The Serious Organised Crime and Police Act bans protest without permit within 1km of the British Parliament

      Source of Timeline: Guardian.co.uk

  2. Sino-Gist says:

    There is a difference between countries that would perhaps want to ‘censor the internet’ and those like China that actually DO.

    • What you say is true. However, “and those like China”. Do you mean Saudi Arabia (a country that supplies lots of oil to America), North Korea, Libya, Turkmenistan, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Cuba, Uzbekistan, Syria, Pakistan, Burma , Yemen, Belarus and Australia (that surprised me when I saw it on the list with an explanation).

      Sources:

      http://cpj.org/reports/2006/05/10-most-censored-countries.php
      http://www.dailybits.com/top-10-countries-censoring-the-web/

      I value my freedom to write without worry that the U.S. government might lock me away or have me tortured or killed as in other countries. However, the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that protects me from my government doesn’t’ protect me from any American citizen who doesn’t like what I say and decides to do something about it.

      And, who gave the U.S. the right to attempt to force their values on other cultures and countries?

      Then, when China is often criticized, seldom do we hear the fact that anyone who wants to circumvent the Communist Net Nanny does. I know people in China that often use proxy servers to read blocked Western Websites and Blogs like WordPress.

      China’s Net Nanny leaks a lot and there are more Blogs in China than any nation on earth–many more than the U.S. where freedom of speech is often used.

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