Bloggers Urged to Continue Campaign Against End Internet Censorship

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The Beijing Olympics might be over, but for people in China, their human rights continue to be banned, blocked and denied and bloggers are urged to continue the campaign to end internet censorship.

The Beijing Olympics might be over, but for people in China, their human rights continue to be banned, blocked and denied and bloggers are urged to continue the campaign to end internet censorship.

To get involved, bloggers are urged to add a widget to their websites and blogs to highlight the need for human rights reform in China.

The Chinese Government censors a number of websites and blogs, and regularly monitors email activity. Approximately 40 000 staff work on this 'golden firewall' or 'great firewall'. Internet users looking at China's most popular websites see a cartoon cyber-police officer appear every half hour reminding them not to view censored material. Citizens using the internet in café's are required to provide their full name and identification card before using a computer, and many suppliers are subject to random checks and censorship software. Internet users can be imprisoned for sending emails, positing blogs or passing on information deemed to be sensitive, a threat to national sovereignty or a state secret.

For more information on internet censorship in China, including individual cases of those who have been imprisoned for sending an email, visit Amnesty International Australia's Uncensor website at http://www.uncensor.com.au.

This is your chance to speak up for those who are being silenced.
For more information about the widget action contact Fi Bendall on 02 9948 0007 or fiona@bendalls.com.au or tweet @fibendall

For more information about Amnesty International's campaign against censorship in China contact Angela Thiel-Paul on 02 8396 7627.

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