China is trying to convince the rest of the world that they have free speech and they are an open country. If that really is true, why have they blocked access to sites that are covering the happenings in Tibet?

“Popular sites which assimilate news from different sources – such as Google News – have been subject to what is known as ‘keyword filtering’, where a Chinese internet user attempting to load a page which contains words such as ‘Tibet’ or ‘Dalai Lama’ will see the site stall.

Times Online has also learned that the editors of some of the most popular ‘forum’ – or bulletin board – sites in China have been directly contacted by government officials and told not to publish any content relating to the recent protests.”

Yet this is the country we are supposed to be enthralled with during the Olympics this summer.

Go figure.

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