Wikileaks defies ‘great firewall of China’

Whistleblower website Wikileaks has made 35 censored videos of civil unrest in Tibet available in a bid to get round the “great firewall of China”.Wikileaks said that posting the videos was a “response to the Chinese Public Security Bureau’s carte-blanche censorship of YouTube, the BBC, CNN, the Guardian and other sites” that had carried sensitive video footage about Tibet.Wikileaks, which earlier this month successfully saw off legal action that threatened to shut the website, is calling on bloggers to post footage to help it circumvent the Chinese internet censorship.China’s internal censorship of online and TV coverage of the unrest in Tibet has drawn heavy criticism. attacks Chinese ‘censorship’
The Guardian editor, Alan Rusbridger, has accused the Chinese authorities of committing an “act of deliberate and wholly unacceptable censorship” by blocking access to news websites covering the unrest in Tibet.Rusbridger made the accusation in a strongly-worded letter sent to Fu Ying, the Chinese ambassador to the UK, after access to stories on websites, including, was blocked by Chinese authorities attempting to clamp down on coverage of civil unrest in Tibet over the weekend. how can we get at the truth when China bans journalists and blocks the net?
by Roy Greenslade
Journalists are doing their best to report from inside Tibet. But the Chinese authorities are doing their worst to stop them from filing copy or from transmitting film and pictures. Internet access is restricted too. But, as the Daily Telegraph’s China correspondent Richard Spencer reports, some bloggers are managing to put up material on the net.For example, EastSouthWestNorth carries video clips – though one has been taken down – plus analysis which calls into question claims by the Chinese authorities that the revolt is merely a “race riot.” It also alleges that film purporting to show Tibetans attacking Chinese may in fact be examples of Chinese assaulting Tibetans (it points out that Han Chinese outnumber ethnic Tibetans in Lhasa).There is also analysis of the Chinese internet blocking manoeuvres by Black and White Cat, and practical advice on how to act by Mutant Palm, who urges “concerned netizens” to open dialogues with Chinese contacts. TV switches to non-stop footage of Chinese under attack
China has begun to fight back against criticism of its handling of the Tibetan protests, launching a sustained publicity offensive as well as blocking foreign broadcasters and websites and denying journalists access to areas of unrest.After days of ignoring and then playing down protests, the media suddenly switched course yesterday. TV channels aired hours of Friday’s anti-Chinese riots in Lhasa and the aftermath.

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