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CHINA - TIBET For the Free Tibet campaign, Google should be an example for all

March 29, 2010

The director of the Free Tibet campaign group, which monitors events in
Tibet, Google's choice deserves praise. For her, "It is ultimately in China's
own national interest [. . .] to bring internet censorship to an end."
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
By Asia News
www.speroforum.com

Beijing - Google's decision to leave mainland China for Hong Kong should be
praised because it "is a victory against censorship," said Stephanie
Brigden, director of the Free Tibet campaign. Speaking about the internet
giant's decision to move mainland traffic to its Honk Kong operation, she
added, "We hope that it will encourage internet users throughout China and
Tibet to demand" an end to "China's 'great firewall'," which symbolises
China's stranglehold on the internet.

Not only should internet freedom in China be protected by governments as
well as multinationals like Microsoft, but "Freedom of expression and access
to information are cornerstones of any developed nation and economy,"
Brigden said. "It is ultimately in China's own national interest therefore
to bring internet censorship to an end."

The decision by the Mountain View-based giant to fight Communist censorship
comes at the right time.

Chinese leaders have politicised the internet by adopting highly restrictive
measures to control their own people. In Tibet, they have used the legal
system in a disproportionate manner to punish alleged breaches of the law,
showing an ever-increasing degree of cruelty towards Tibetans who use the
internet to inform the rest of the world about what is happening in their
homeland.

For example, in November 2008, a Tibetan health care worker named Wangdu was
handed a life sentence for sending an e-mail to a contact outside Tibet
describing the violent Chinese crackdown of the spring of 2008. The same
year, a Tibetan woman, Norzin Wangmo, was given five years in prison for
using internet to send information about human rights violations in Tibet.
In 2009, Gonpo Tsering, 32, met a similar fate getting three years in
prison.
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