Barack Obama criticises internet censorship at meeting in China

Barack Obama praised freedom of expression and political participation and criticised internet censorship as he spoke to students in Shanghai today, in the only public meeting scheduled for his three-day visit to China.The US president told the gathering of around 300 young people that his country saw such liberties as universal rights. But he stopped short of direct reference to human rights abuses in China, as some activists had urged. Other issues raised in the question-and-answer session ranged from arms sales to Taiwan to his Nobel Peace Prize.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/nov/16/barack-obama-criticises-internet-censorship-chinaAlso see:Obama in China criticises internet censorship
President Barack Obama has used a highly unusual live question-and-answer session with Chinese students in Shanghai to criticise censorship of the internet, telling the world’s biggest online population that a free flow of information can be a source of strength.On the first full day of his official visit to China, Mr Obama carefully calibrated his comments to avoid discomfiting his hosts. He made sure, nonetheless, that his responses to questions touched on such sensitive topics in China as the universal value of free speech and freedom of information — while stressing the importance for the two Pacific giants of cooperation rather than collision.
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article6918320.eceObama Pushes Rights With Chinese Students
He didn’t explicitly call on China’s leaders to lift the veil of state control that restricts Internet access and online social networking here. But President Obama did tiptoe — ever so lightly — into that controversial topic on Monday when he told students in Shanghai that a free and unfettered Internet is a source of strength, not weakness.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/17/world/asia/17shanghai.htmlBarack Obama criticises internet censorship at meeting in China
Barack Obama criticised internet censorship as he spoke to students in Shanghai today and praised freedom of expression and political participation.The US president told the gathering of 400 young people that his country regarded such liberties as universal values. But he stopped short of direct reference to human rights abuses in China, as some activists had urged. Aides have said that Obama, who arrived tonight in the capital, Beijing, last night, will raise them in his meetings with Chinese leaders.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/nov/16/barack-obama-criticises-internet-censorship-chinaChina defends Internet censorship after Obama lauds openness [IDG]
China on Tuesday defended its control of information on the Internet that it deems sensitive or harmful, one day after U.S. President Barack Obama told students in Shanghai that information should be free.The remarks highlighted ongoing tensions between China and the U.S. over human rights, another ideal Obama extolled in China.
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2009/111709-china-defends-internet-censorship-after.html
www.computerworld.com/s/article/9141001/China_defends_Internet_censorship_after_Obama_lauds_openness

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