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|Society & You - Social Critic|
|Thursday, 05 April 2012 11:35|
When the early birds awoke on Saturday March 31, 2012, the following news was spread by the Internet in China: Six people were arrested and 16 websites shut down, according to the National Internet Information Office (IOS) of China and the Police Beijing, for "inventing and spreading rumors on the internet", reported the official news agency Xinhuad [in].
The same report stated that the sites of microblogging [in] type Twiter Sina Weibo [in] and Tencent Weibo [in], where the alleged rumors appeared, had been "censured and punished accordingly." There is no way of knowing what the Chinese netizens penalty but soon realized the results: both microblogging sites forbade users to send comments on Saturday March 31 through Tuesday, April 3.
The new blog Rectified.name [at] wrote:
Xinhua [in] quoted a spokesman for IOIS stating that these rumors (common euphemism for criticism of the government) were on "military vehicles at the entrance to Beijing and that something bad was happening in Beijing." Related to conversations on the Internet about an alleged coup attempt [at] and the struggle for power in the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) after the senior Bo Xilai was dismissed [in] from office.
Comments on Bo Xilai and the alleged coup were censored earlier this month in the Chinese social media.
Jing Gao, the Ministry of Tofu [at] wrote:
Another statement by the spokesman of IOIS quoted by Xinhua said that an unknown number of people, also accused of spreading rumors were "reprimanded and educated" and showed "intention to repent." According to Xinhua, the Beijing police declared that the rumors "seriously disturbing public order and undermine social stability, so you deserve to be punished."
C. Custer Techinasia [in], said:
China has probably the system of censorship on the Internet more [in] sophisticated in the world, known as the Great Firewall of China . But social media, especially the microblogs, are seen by many as the twenty-first century tool that challenges government control over information.
The Communist Party is aware of the power of social media. The Chinese authorities have increased efforts to control information on the Internet [at] last year, after the events of the Arab Spring took to Twitter and Facebook to be leading tool to overthrow governments. Last December, Chinese authorities established new measures [in] that force microbloggers to sign their real names. However, there is a widespread feeling that the Chinese Internet companies are popular and powerful enough to challenge the government. The question is, can someone in China to make the CCP overlook it?
C. Custer, Techinasia [in], said at the end of his letter:
The control on the Internet is an important issue in China. The power of social media to express political and social unrest poses a direct threat to the stability and harmony of the CCP Orwellian. In the face of an economy and cold in the middle of a transition of command, the CCP seems to think that cracking down on Internet is the best way to maintain power.