March 20, 2008

Who Guards Against The Guardian?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kim @ 12:55 pm

My favourite online read had been blocked for the last few days, ever since it started covering the troubles in Tibet in fact. I groaned at this and went through good old Tor, and so could still get my daily dose of filthy western propaganda.

But – and I am wondering if this is more than a coincidence – the block just got lifted… shortly after the publication of this article, which began:

We face at least three difficulties in reacting to the unfolding tragedy of the Tibetans. We don’t know enough about what’s really going on, because the Chinese authorities are determined to prevent us finding out by expelling journalists, ratcheting up their customary censorship of the internet (including guardian.co.uk), and telling lies.

What I am wondering is whether this would be a coincidence or whether someone is employed to seek out potential PRC PR gaffes and rectify them? If the readers of The Guardian get wind of the fact that their favourite rag is being blocked in China they might think (even) less of the CCP, might they not?

Maybe. Seems a bit far fetched, and would Beijing really give a duck about what Guardian readers think? Even in the runup to the Olympics?

Well, anyways, it was a nice coincidence. And to end with, here’s a wittily snidey point that Timothy Garton Ash makes in the same article as above

It may be worth calling for United Nations observers to be sent in to Tibet, though China will doubtless veto that. As important is to insist that the Chinese authorities keep the promise they have made – and are now breaking – to allow foreign journalists free movement around the whole of China in the runup to the Olympics. (If they don’t let reporters go to Tibet, this can only mean that Tibet is not part of China.)

1 Comment

  1. It seems to me that the images coming out of The Western Provinces, mobs, riots, random violence, don’t reflect well on the cause for independence. The more violent the protests the more the D@li L@ma is being put between a rock (rioters) and a hard place (Chinese rule) as the impression of independent sustainable social order in The West becomes less likely.

    Opening the Internet to this doesn’t do the government any harm as they’ve (at least not yet any publicly disclosed) not done anything particularly gruesome as a response to the riots.

    In terms of a Protest in the West, which was inevitable in the year of the Beijing Olympics, it couldn’t get any better for the Central Government, at least up to now.

    Comment by Alex — March 21, 2008 @ 6:25 am

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