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Re: China limits online video

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  • s_scoggins
    I noticed when I was in Tibet last year that you couldn t see any photos on Flickr. As the Chinese have occupied Tibet since their military invasion in 1959
    Message 1 of 4 , Jan 8 7:32 AM
      I noticed when I was in Tibet last year that you couldn't see any
      photos on Flickr. As the Chinese have occupied Tibet since their
      military invasion in 1959 they censor internet sites that criticise
      China on this and other issues. They can block sites completely by
      blocking the IP address.

      We should boycott the Olympics in China and all Chinese products
      untill the Chinese agree to end their illegal military occupation of
      Tibet and their oppression of the Tibetan people.

      Ommane

      --- In videoblogging@yahoogroups.com, "Jay dedman" <jay.dedman@...>
      wrote:
      >
      > It's not surprising that the Chinese government wants to make sure
      > people dont post embarassing videos online before or during the
      > Olympics.
      > But I find it interesting that any website that wants to post video
      or
      > audio must get a license.
      > Could they actually control the web like?
      > How will Youtube et al deal with these measures?
      >
      > Jay
      > _______________________________________
      >
      > China: unprecedented censorship measures to be applied to online
      video
      > and audio files
      >
      > From: Reporters Without Borders
      >
      > http://www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=24946
      >
      > Reporters Without Borders condemns new regulations jointly issued by
      > the Ministry of Information Industry (MII) and the State
      Administration
      > of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) under which only websites that
      > are licenced by both the MII and SARFT will be able to post videos
      and
      > audio files online from 31 January.
      >
      > "This is an unprecedented act of censorship," the press freedom
      > organisation said. "Under the pretext of developing China's media
      > industry, the authorities are stepping up their control of online
      > content, especially in the runup to the Beijing Olympics. Preventing
      > people from sharing video and audio files denies them the ability to
      > show and describe their lives. Any censorship could now be
      portrayed as
      > a legal measure."
      >
      > According to the new regulations, videos and audio files "attacking
      > national sovereignty" will not tolerated. Content that refers to
      > ethnicity, pornography, gambling or terrorism, incites violence,
      > violates privacy or attacks Chinese traditions and culture is also
      > deemed unacceptable.
      >
      > "Those who provide Internet audio and video services must serve
      > socialist ideals and the Chinese people," the government said in a
      > statement issued yesterday.
      >
      > "In a flagrant display of hypocrisy, the state information bureau
      > ordered the Shanghai-based Oriental Morning Post to withdraw an
      > editorial published yesterday describing the measures as a way of
      > introducing the requirement for an administrative licence,"
      Reporters
      > Without Borders said. "These new rules mean that from now on only
      > socialist video content will be allowed to circulate online."
      >
      > Under the new rules, anyone operating a website that provides video
      > content or allows users to upload or download videos will have to
      > obtain a licence that must be renewed every three years.
      >
      > A spokesperson for Google (which owns the video-sharing site
      YouTube)
      > said the new regulation could pose a problem as YouTube was aimed
      at a
      > very broad public and was designed to allow Internet users all over
      the
      > world to share their videos in a completely legal and safe manner.
      >
      > Human rights activist Hu Jia, the winner of the Reporters Without
      > Borders - Fondation de France special China prize in 2007, used
      video
      > to show the outside world his day-to-day existence under house
      arrest
      > until he was detained and imprisoned on 27 December.
      >
      > Last August, a number of Chinese Internet companies including
      Yahoo!.cn
      > et MSN.cn signed a conduct pledge with the Chinese authorities
      > undertaking to try to get bloggers to register under their real
      names,
      > to keep registration details and to delete blog content that was
      wrong
      > or inappropriate.
      >
      > In 2007, China blocked access to more than 2,500 websites and
      arrested
      > six bloggers. It continues to be the world's biggest prison for
      > Internet users, with a total of 51 cyber-dissidents currently
      detained.
      >
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