Sina Suspended Several Microblog Accounts
In order to restrict the inflow of foreign political information
into China, the Chinese authorities have blocked Twitter.
Now they are trying to control the Chinese version of Twitter
Last week, under pressure from the authorities, Sina.com
suspended several microbloggers’ user accounts for a month.
It also sent to its 200 million users
so-called “rumor refutation notices."
Some analysts said that this shows an increased control over
online speech by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
It shows the authorities are increasingly uneasy about
the rise of the microblogs.
Bloggers said that they would continue voicing their views
and guiding the people to understand the CCP’s true nature.
On August 26, Sina.com sent notices to all its microblog
account users for the first time,
in order to “refute rumors regarding false statements."
These included the stories of “donated blood being sold
by the Red Cross for 200 yuan per bag to hospitals,"
and “a 19-year-old girl being killed in Wuhan,
with the suspect out on bail because of his powerful father."
Meanwhile, the spreaders of these two pieces of information
had their user accounts suspended by Sina for a month.
New York Times analyzed that the high-profile punishment
received Sina’s microblog account users,
show the Chinese authorities’ attitude towards Internet
speech, with inability to control it.
Prior to this, when CCP Beijing Municipal Committee head
Liu Qi was visiting Sina’s headquarters,
he warned about Sina’s microblogging service,
requested Sina to eliminate fake and harmful information,
and required the active dissemination of
socialist values and culture.
Guangxi-based Internet writer Jing Chu:
“Because China is a society by rule of men
(as opposed to “rule of law"),
the (Communist) leaders could decide the fate of the media.
Through the Internet, some people got to know the truth
nd some facts.
This makes the CCP panic,
so the CCP tries to find ways to block it.
China Administration Institute’s deputy director of
E-government expert committee, Wang Yukai, admitted,
“After the Guo Meimei scandal and high-speed rail incident, microblogging is being pushed to a peak.
More importantly, the microblogs show
the hot social issues.
Microblogging’s rise has an unprecedented impact
on the CCP government."
The notices sent by Sina led to
a strong reaction of account users.
Some microbloggers responded,
“How much did you receive from the corrupt officials?"
Some said angrily, “Do not send these spam to us without authorization. We can judge the authenticity of the stories!"
German newspaper Handelsblatt published an article, saying
that the Chinese bloggers are fighting against
the CCP’s despotic power and its monopoly of media.
They insist in making their voices.
The article cited a case of
Fu Jia Petrochemical Company (Fu Jia).
Several tons of toxic substances were leaked out,
after a typhoon hit the area.
Similar environmental disasters are commonplace in China,
but the CCP government conceals them,
to avoid the public’s protests.
However, in Fu Jia’s case, informed by the microblog posts,
the people protested and paraded.
They also won the support of netizens across China.
Handelsblatt quoted a Chinese blogger An Ti,
“When new era of online public opinion starts,
I would like to stand at the front."
Writer Jing Chu read a poem in his interview with NTD,
“I am not a humble grass.
Despite the ravages of the storm,
I am a healthy tree branch on a sick tree.
Although my existence cannot save the dying tree,
I want to sow healthy seeds into the earth."
Jing Chu said that in the current situation
of restricted freedom of thought and high-handed control
of public opinion by the authorities,
his conscience will continue to send his voice online.
He will focus on restoring the Chinese history,
which has been altered beyond recognition by the CCP.
He would like to guide people to a rational way of thinking
and to recognize the abnormal soc iety under the CCP’s rule.
NTD reporters Tang Yan, Li Mingfei and Ge Lei.