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Beijing Justifies Internet Control by Referring to Western Practices

In a lengthy article published by its official Xinhua news agency, China enumerates many examples of how Western governments control cyberspace, with a view to defending China’s own control of the Internet.
The article starts by pointing out, “Many Western countries advocate freedom of speech. At first glance, they seem to exert no control over the Internet.” The article goes on to give examples of government regulations in the U.S., Germany, Australia, Korea, and Japan. They include U.S. intelligence agencies’ strikes on Internet hackers, the German’s Information and Communication Service Act, Japan’s Adolescent Internet Environment Readiness Act, and Korea’s enforced real name online registration.
An analysis of the examples, however, reveals that they do not, in actuality, greatly restrict citizen’s freedom of speech.
Source: Xinhua, July 23, 2010