No Link for Misguided Misinformation – Part 3/5

Kier is correct about censorship in China, but China does not have a freedom of the press clause in its Constitution, and Saudi Arabia is even more repressive but that doesn’t stop the US from buying Saudi oil. In addition, the major media in China is owned by the government.

How many that read this post know that freedom of expression in the United States only applies to criticisms of the American government, and workers do not have freedom of expression in the private sector? In America, it is highly possible to get fired for saying something that is forbidden or unacceptable by a company one works for.

In fact, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that students attending America’s public schools do not have freedom of expression in the classroom if it disrupts the learning environment.

In China, there is censorship of the media and of the Internet, but it is a leaky bucket.  Books that are banned are only banned in Mandarin but that does not mean they are not available to the general population.

Bookstores, both state and private owned, often have banned titles available in English or other languages and since learning English is mandatory in the public schools, many in China may buy and read banned books without a problem.

In addition, there is an active black market in Mandarin translations of banned books as there is a black market for pirated DVDs of Western movies and TV series (some of which are banned in China). The Chinese people are notorious for finding ways to get around government rules.

As for censorship of the Internet, that is a joke.  I have friends in China that often use proxy servers daily to log onto the Internet and bypass the censors to access information in the West that China’s censors fail to block.  It takes a few minutes of effort for those that want to access censored sites on the Internet, but millions do it daily. At its worst, censorship in China is a nuisance.

In addition, there are more Blogs in China than any other country, and those Blogs are actively expressing themselves regardless of the censors, which has led to reversals of laws and government policies unpopular with millions of people.

In fact, my Blog is a WordPress Blog and WordPress is censored in China, but I have readers from China logging in daily to read my posts.

Continued on September 25, 2011 in No Link for Misguided Misinformation – Part 4 or return to Part 2

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4 Responses to No Link for Misguided Misinformation – Part 3/5

  1. Alessandro says:

    Exactly…

  2. Terry K Chen says:

    If I’m not wrong, Americans have only enjoyed freedom of speech for around 3 decades. During the cold war, anyone american who was suspected of being a commie or even moderately supported communism was arrested or kicked out of the country. China is in the midst of its own cold war at the moment, with the western countries having the same containment policy that they had on the soviets and desperately trying to split it up. With the CIA funding every Chinese seperatist group and the US government selling weapons to taiwan as well opposing China on every single borderline issue that China has with its neighbours, China NEEDS to take extra measures to maintain stability and avoid getting split up.

  3. Alessandro says:

    I always say that, on PR and spin issues like this, the chinese government would really need a good and long training from the world’s best in the field…US WESTERNERS (and the USA in the front line)..We have learnt Goebbels’ lessons and took them to a new “high” never before even imagined. We know how to censor without most of the people noticing, we are masters of propaganda and news spinning, and we turned the statement “repeat a lie 100 or 1000 times and it’ll become indistinguishable from truth” into our own very slogan.
    But again…I think that, if anything, chinese censorship is more honest..it’s there, everybody knows that, and nobody denies it (actually most of the people is not actually against some form of censorship in China, what they would like is that rules to what is or is not censored are clear)..

  4. Xiaohu Liu says:

    At the end of the day, I think I can say the Communist party of China would swap propaganda organs with the US elite in a heart beat. The CCP relies on crude forms of information control including outright censorship and bans where as the US system of policing thought is more in line with what Joseph Goebbles described as the ideal propaganda system.

    “What you want in a media system is ostensible diversity that conceals an actual uniformity.” – Joseph Goebbels

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