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Chinese Authorities Putting Pressure on Businesses to Help Censor the Web [China]

As the Chinese cyberpolice stiffened controls on information before the Communist Party leadership transition…some companies in Beijing and nearby cities received orders to aid the cause…Companies faced the threat of fines and suspended Internet service if they did not comply by prescribed deadlines… Several foreign companies quietly resisted the orders…[P]artial blocking has crippled access to Google and other sites…Some Internet providers have cut service for hours, citing “maintenance.” …Sina Weibo, the nation’s most popular microblogging site, has experimented with “semi-censorship,”…filtering search results for once-unsearchable terms…Hu Jintao, China’s departing leader…gave no sign of any relaxation in controls…

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