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Chinese official says web censorship is failing

30 July, 2007
By Allison Orr

According to an article posted on the Times Online, a senior Communist party official has admitted that the Internet has undermined attempts by the Chinese government to control the news.

A vice minister with the Cabinet’s information office, Wang Guoqing has said that the party had to give up trying to block information, be more open with members of the public and become more adept at managing information, rather than working to cover up damaging news.  He cited the recent slavery scandal as an example of how the Internet can be used to bring concealed information to light.

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