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Shutdowns and blockades

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A co-founder of a liberal think tank in Beijing says the organization’s website has been closed for days, since Saturday, though its webmaster says it was for technical reasons. “The shutdown of unirule.org.cn comes amid a tightening of communication controls during one of China’s biggest political scandals in decades,” stated an AP dispatch from Beijing referring to the Bo Xilai case. Yes, coincidences do happen…
Fox News via Macau Cable TV (MCTV) went blank last night just after the anchor announced an interview with John Bolton, former American ambassador in the United Nations on the Sino-American diplomatic issue, involving activist Chen. All other channels were fine. And the thing is, the screen didn’t go blue. It went black. We are not saying this was a conscious attempt to shut down Fox and maybe it was “due to technical reasons.” It just happened.
For the third time, photojournalist Felix Wong from South China Morning Post was barred at the Macau border. Reason: he “may jeopardize public security” by the alleged intention to participate in “certain activities” here. He was supposed to cover May Day in Macau for the neighbor’s Post.
All these cases, being more or less ‘technical’ show an extraordinary ability of local and national authorities - the ability to shut, block or avoid the mere scent of dissent. The policy here seems to be preemptively consistent…just in case.
The results? Activist Chen was freed, HK journalists associations are bashing the Macau authorities (again) and in the case of unirule, as usual the news hit the fan.

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Jason 16/06/2013 00:18:26
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