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Thursday, August 05, 2010

Freedom on the "Net: A Global Assessment

TMCNet: By Daniel Calingaert and Sarah Cook - Even as the Internet offers citizens greater means of expression, a leading nongovernmental organization reports that many governments seek to restrict Internet access and content.

For instance, China has issued more than 80 decrees that specifically address Internet-related issues and imposes among the harshest prison sentences in the world for online violations, typically between three and ten years.

In China, persecuted Tibetans, Uighur Muslims and Falun Gong practitioners (GIFC) have used digital media to send abroad documentation of torture, while domestically challenging Communist Party propaganda via blogs and underground DVDs.

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