北京著名民主人士 查建国：“现在国内的很多人都在纷纷议论，像我的很多网已经好长时间都上不去。 总的来说，要防止中国老百姓得到国外关于人权方面的，政治方面的这个信息。”
采访 编辑/李韵 后制/萧宇
Global Times Brags of the Success of New Internet Firewall
Reveals Communist Regime’s Weaknesses
The Chinese regime’s continual blocking of overseas Internet
censorship circumvention software in recent years has drawn
international media attention and criticism.
Officials from the Ministry of Communication responded
on Jan. 27 that some of the so-called bad information
should be managed in accordance with Chinese laws.
CCP-affiliated media outlet, the Global Times, also published
an article on Jan. 28, saying that the Chinese regime has
successfully established a new firewall.
Some critics say that the more the Chinese regime focuses
on Internet censorship, the more it reveals its weaknesses.
At the press conference held by the State Council Information
Office on the morning of Jan. 27, Ku Wen, Director General,
Communication Development Department, Ministry of
Communication, responded to its recent blocking
of foreign circumvention software.
He said that some of the so-called bad information
should be managed in accordance with Chinese laws.
So, what is the so-called “bad information" referred to
by the Chinese regime?
Activist Zha Jianguo: “At present, many people in China are
in vehement discussion.
Including my own website, many websites have been
unavailable for a long time.
Generally speaking, it’s to prevent Chinese people
from accessing foreign information on human rights and politics."
Right after the official’s statement, the Global Times published
an editorial on Jan. 28, indicating that China’s firewall has
practically been “successful," because “the firewall has made the
majority of the Chinese people get into the habit of relying on
domestic websites more."
The article added that if there were no firewall
and other appropriate management approaches,
China’s Internet might have been completely dominated
by Google, Yahoo or Facebook.
The Global Times also claimed that China’s opening-up
hasn’t been affected by the firewall.
Domestic and international information exchange, as well as
the overall information flow are not affected,
and there are no practical obstacles for the general public’s
online contact and communication.
However, this argument is unacceptable to the general public.
64tianwang.com founder Huang Qi: “Since the Chinese regime
started to establish the Internet firewall, it has played
tremendous role in shielding a lot of information
from the international community.
In the meantime, it has also made public opinion
and news coverage in China entirely follow official statements.
In other words, this Internet blocking approach has set up
tremendous obstacles between the Chinese people
and the international community,
and it has had a negative impact on China’s social development."
Shaanxi TV’s former reporter Ma Xiaoming: “The blocking
of many overseas media websites has put the Chinese people
in a situation of information indoctrination and control.
By doing so, they seem to have maintained stability,
but they are concealing their sins.
In fact, it is an act that connives with and covers crime.
It can only make their people hate this control system more deeply."
In 1999, the Chinese regime had invested US$800 million
to launch the first phase of the Golden Shield Firewall Project
to prevent Internet users in China from accessing
free information on foreign websites.
Over the past 10 years, the Chinese regime has further spent
tens of billions of yuan to build the computer firewall
and set up an Internet police composed of hundreds
of thousands of people to fully control Chinese society.
With the invention of anti-blocking software, a kind of Internet
censorship circumvent software, this situation was gradually
Last November, in the run-up to the first World Internet
Conference in Zhejiang Province’s Wuzhen City,
the Chinese regime blocked thousands of websites using
EdgeCast is one of the largest content distribution networks
(CDN) in the world.
On the first day of the conference, seven Chinese human rights
activists held banners outside the venue.
They protested against the Chinese regime’s Internet blockade,
asking for protection of Internet freedom
and release of the netizens who are jailed.
However, all of them were taken away by the police.
Huang Qi: “These friends have already been suppressed,
including the leading activist, Wang Jing, who has been
arrested by the authorities.
She is now faced with a jail term.
We also hope that the authorities stop using the firewall,
and immediately release all of those who were arrested
because of their publications regarding democracy,
human rights and civil-rights-defending, on the Internet."
Current affairs commentator Linzi Xu said that the more
the Chinese regime does something on Internet censorship,
the more it exposes its weaknesses.
Once the weaknesses are taken advantage of,
the CCP’s dictatorship will vanish immediately.
Linzi Xu: “Nowadays, online information transmission
technology is more and more advanced.
A wide variety of information is transmitted through various
channels rapidly among the general public.
The Communist regime can by no means stop it.
Except it bans the Internet altogether, the Chinese people’s
public opinion environment, under their struggling,
will inevitably be freer and freer.
The Chinese people who have come to realize the true facts
will eventually choose to abandon the Communist regime."
As early as the year 2010, exiled Chinese democracy
activists Yan Jiaqi, Hu Ping, etc.,
released the “Internet Revolution Manifesto"
to collect signatures.
They pointed out that the Internet is the CCP’s “real weakness."
They urged netizens at home and abroad to use the Internet
as a weapon to launch a color revolution,
to break the Communist regime’s “Internet Berlin Wall,"
and overthrow the world’s largest autocratic barriers.
Interview & Edit/LiYun Post-Production/XiaoYu