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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Chinese Government Cracks Down on Internet, Media

“Political censorship in this authoritarian state has long been heavy-handed. But for years, the Communist Party has tolerated a creeping liberalization in popular culture, tacitly allowing everything from popular knockoffs of ‘American Idol’-style talent shows to freewheeling microblogs that let media groups prosper and let people blow off steam. Now, the party appears to be saying ‘enough.’ Whether spooked by popular uprisings worldwide, a coming leadership transition at home or their own citizens’ increasingly provocative tastes, Communist leaders are proposing new limits on media and Internet freedoms that include some of the most restrictive measures in years.” (New York Times)

Will that be the spark?

FEE Timely Classic
“China: Wealth But Not Freedom” by James A. Dorn