Firms sign blogging 'self-discipline' pact in China

Yahoo China, MSN China and other blog providers in China have signed a code of conduct for their blogging operations that committed them to protecting the interests of the Chinese state. The pact ask the Internet firms to register the real names, addresses and other personal details of the bloggers, and then keep this information. The firms should also delete any "illegal or bad messages." Along with sex and violence, China's communist rulers have also deemed that opinions critical of it or the spreading of democratic ideology are not allowed. International press freedom group Reporters Without Borders condemned the new blogging pact: "The Chinese government has yet again forced Internet sector companies to cooperate on sensitive issues. In this case blogger registration and blog content."

News source: Physorg

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welcome to the future.. soon we will have pre-loaded messages like in the cell phones.. we wont be able to say what we want anymore

Lame. American and other "free world" companies should not be doing business in states that supress freedom of speech. Its insane that the people running those businesses, often citizens of "free world" countries themselves put business above freedom. It shows how easy they can be persuaded to limit speech here if the government asked

Totaly agree, its unbelievable how the world is using a billion other humans as their indentured servants. Its friggin sick. The wheels are gonna come off tho. Its already happening with goddamned recalls in the millions of everything from dog food to toys and wheat...wheat! Why the F are we getting our wheat from china??!

solardog said,
Totaly agree, its unbelievable how the world is using a billion other humans as their indentured servants. Its friggin sick. The wheels are gonna come off tho. Its already happening with goddamned recalls in the millions of everything from dog food to toys and wheat...wheat! Why the F are we getting our wheat from china??!

I think you are talking a bigger political issue here than just freedom of speech. However, I don't think "servants" is a good description of China's inhabitants. I seriously doubt they are all being held against their wills and forced to do the bidding of the Chinese government (other than obey the rules).

I can't blame the .Com's for signing up

Well the Chinese govt will say either listen to us or leave [they will be blocked]. Money/Business seems to be more important than anything nowadays.

it's not like Yahoo or MS can do anything to change the current system. if they don't want to open blogging sites in China there are plenty others who will.

I lived in China for a few months, and even then people can say whatever they want about it whether they've been there or not. Freedom of speech is alot more then just being able to insult people.

I'll bet all of you who say anything bad about China haven't even been there.

OMG! They don't want porn, violence and disrespect :o Let's run like headless chickens and scream "No freedom of speech! We can't insult people!!"

Yeah, you can't comment on lack of freedom until you've lived under a communist regime.

I didn't live in South Africa during the apartheid, does it mean I can't think that was wrong?

I don't live in Darfur, I guess I must visit to comment?

Amnesia said,
I'll bet all of you who say anything bad about China haven't even been there.

I've never been to China but I feel that flooding out an area with more than 1.5 million and causing many people to end up homeless was/is probably a bad thing.

Then they claim its all to provide cheaper power for China... when looking at figures everyone else suggests that this wont be the case. One Journalist published a book about this in China and got jailed for almost a year - this isn't protecting people from violence or stopping porn, its just making people disappear from telling what may be the real facts.

SimpleRules said,
Yeah, you can't comment on lack of freedom until you've lived under a communist regime.

I didn't live in South Africa during the apartheid, does it mean I can't think that was wrong?

I don't live in Darfur, I guess I must visit to comment?

Of course you can comment without experiencing a certain culture/place in person.

But by experiencing in person, your comment will be more mature and more down-to-earth rather than like childish whine and bitch.

Hellgod said,
So if i say that china sucks communistic ass, would this have to be deleted?

Maybe they'll delete you too. :worried: