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"Who said the Chinese never speak out?" RSF asks

(RSF/IFEX) - 30 September 2010 - The electronic Great Wall around China is getting taller and more effective. The government still controls most of the print media. Communist Party and government leaders continue to order arrests of journalists, bloggers and intellectuals. Directives from the Central Propaganda Department and local officials trample on media freedom.

But, with perseverance and courage, journalists, Internet users, bloggers, artists, lawyers and intellectuals are managing to open breaches in China's censorship. In recent weeks, Reporters Without Borders has noted a series of encouraging victories by these tireless free speech activists.

It is up to the Chinese above all to wage the fight against censorship in China, but they need the support of the international blogosphere and information sector companies. The fight for free expression in a country that is now a major international power also needs significant solidarity gestures.

That is why Reporters Without Borders is supporting Chinese intellectual Liu Xiaobo's candidacy for the Nobel Peace Prize. A staunch defender of free expression who was given an 11-year jail sentence for helping to draft the Charter 08 manifesto, Liu Xiaobo embodies the peaceful and selfless struggle for freedom being waged by activists in China and many other parts of the world.

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To read the complete report, click here: http://en.rsf.org/china-who-says-the-chinese-never-speak-30-09-2010,38465.html

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