Friday, May 20, 2005

Campaigners quiz Google on China play - "Will you agree to censor Google ?"

From The Register: Campaigners quiz Google on China play

"Reporters without borders - aka Reporters sans Frontiers (RSF) - has taken Google to task for its baby steps towards setting up business in China. The organisation, which campaigns across the globe for the freedom of the press, and "denounces violations of the human rights", has written to Google's founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, demanding a clear indication as to whether or not Google will censor its search results at Beijing's behest."

Letter to Larry Page and Sergey Brin : "Will you agree to censor Google ?"

"We simply ask you to reject self-censorship," (...). "If the Chinese authorities want to block access to certain websites, they must do it themselves. Indeed, they do block many sites. But we would find it extremely disturbing if you yourselves were to participate in the Chinese government's policy of suppressing press freedom."

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