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12 Jan 2010

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Human Rights Watch

China: Google Challenges Censorship - Other Companies Should Follow Suit

Google's unprecedented announcement today that it will not accept censorship of its search engine in China is an important step to protect human rights online, Human Rights Watch said today... "A transnational attack on privacy is chilling, and Google's response sets a great example," said Arvind Ganesan, director of Human Rights Watch's corporations and human rights program. "At the same time, this incident underscores the need for governments and companies to develop policies that safeguard rights."... To date, Google and other companies have acquiesced to Chinese government demands to censor information. Human Rights Watch said Google's resolve to avoid complicity with such flagrant violations of freedom of expression and association deserves praise.

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