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Chinese government uses various tactics to control news

Beijing censors news of fatal protest by Howard W. French, San Francisco Chronicle via New York Times, Dec. 14, 2005.

This recent story about chinese government restricting keywords in google search results should alarm the library community and give yet another reason for libraries to locally collect, preserve and distribute government information.

In the wake of the biggest use of armed force against civilians since the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989,Chinese officials have used different techniques to prevent news of the deaths from spreading. The tactics include barring reports in most newspapers outside the immediate region and banning place names and other keywords associated with the event from major Internet search engines, like Google.

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