For Chinese people, loss of Google would mean 'nothing but darkness'

Posted in: Censorship at 20/03/2010 16:15

When Google announced that it would pull out of China if it had to continue censoring content, Zhao Hun went to the Internet giant's Beijing headquarters with a bouquet of flowers.

For the popular blogger and human rights activist, the flowers signified his support for Google's battle for freedom of expression -- but they also underscored a loss. Chinese send flowers to funerals. To Zhao and many others here, the Jan. 12 announcement foreshadowed Google's demise in China -- and the end of something else: the notion that China would continue to slowly evolve as a more tolerant nation.

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