Amnesty International Australia launches campaign to halt Internet censorship in China22 August, 2007
|By Allison Orr|
With the Beijing Olympics less than a year away, Amnesty International Australia (AIA) is hoping to use the event to highlight the issue of Internet repression. AIA argues that Internet censorship helps China to hide abuses such as torture and persecution of human rights defenders.
The campaign will call on Internet giant Google to live up to its motto of "Don’t be Evil", challenging their policies in China which Amnesty claim facilitate censorship resulting in human rights abuses. "Chat rooms monitored. Blogs deleted. Websites blocked. Search engines restricted. Search termes resulting in nothing. People imprisoned for simply posting and sharing information. This is all part of online life in China," says AIA.