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The Great FireWall of China

Seen from Space
"Don't mention The Wall - I did once but I think I got away with it".

The Washington Post obtained a list of keywords used by a Chinese blog service provider to flag offensive material. Of 236 items on the list, only 18 were obscenities. The rest were related to politics or current affairs.

"Most words on the list can be posted on Chinese Web sites, but their presence quietly alerts editors to examine the messages that contain them and possibly take action. In tests, postings that included long sections of the list were allowed to remain on several sites, but quickly removed from others. One site also blocked the computer used to conduct the tests from posting anything else.

In addition, on most sites, at least some of the sensitive phrases cannot be posted at all. Depending on the site, filters replace the offending words with asterisks or block the entire message."

Here's some of the items on the Hit List -

Names of People
There's a long list of Chinese names here. Among them Du Zhaoyong, Jian Yanyong, Xu Zhiyong, Yang Dongping - presumedly all Communist Party bigwigs. But I couldn't find Hu Flungdung anywhere.

Chinese Politics
It's a given that mentioning Falan Gong in any context is absolutely Verboten. But amongst other stuff it's strictly forbidden to talk about is the phrase "block the road and demand back pay". That's subversive. And for heavens sake steer away from "set fires to force people to relocate". It didn't happen, never will happen and even if it did we don't talk about it. The fire's long out, baby.

Specific Issues and Events
"Cat abuse" - stay away from pussy. We don't torture them, kill them or eat them. Cats aren't cool, dig?
"Fetus Soup". Don't even mention it. It's a stillborn issue.
Buy corpses - it's a dead issue of dead tissue.
"Top Ten Worst Cities". How dare you! All our cities are fragrant flowers.
"Hire a killer to murder one's wife" - doesn't happen in Chinese society. Just Imperialist propaganda or the name of a Hong Kong Kung-Fu flick.

Overseas Websites
We don't talk about or link to stories regarding - "Taiwan"(natch), "Ethnic minorities", "Indonesia" (?), "North Korea falls out with China", "Paris Riots" (but they have her under control now), 231239-287288-thumbnail.jpg
Don't mention Paris
"Tsunami" (what Tidal Wave?) and "Tiananmen Square" - for the millionth time - it didn't happen. It was just some high school kids on muck-up day.

And perhaps the most important thing not to talk about is, according to the list - "Censorship - cleaning and rectifying Web Sites".

Whoever put this list of Chinese No-Nos out is surely deserving of some sort of prize? Perhaps it could be dubbed The 1984 Big Brother Award? But then the Americans are pretty good at this sort of thing too. You seen the list of sites banned to American Servicemen? Go here to wonkette.com Isn't that unbelievable? What happened to Freedom of the Press? Freedom of choice? Freedom to make your own fucking mind up what websites you want to read? No wonder they say 72% of servicemen want to get the hell out of Iraq and go home this year. You reading this Jaybird?

Psst! Before the Chinese Thought Police close me down - you can get around The Great Firewall by using a circumventer - effectively software that allows you to surf the Web using a computer outside of China. Go here to National Public Radio (NPR) and listen to a programme that tells you all about it and how to get the Free Circumventer Software

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Reader Comments (11)

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March 7, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterDeRex
"Tomb of a nudist" is your site, right? The Oscars leave me cold. I'm getting close to never going to another Hollywood-produced film ever again. Especially if it has the usual 3 Act structure with the Formula turning points and "nice" resolution. With the usual suspects. Très boring. But I might go and see "Tammy and the Bachelor" when they re-make it with Tammy Uknowhu.
March 7, 2006 | Registered CommenterMalcolm Lambe
nah that ain;t my site.. but a friend is doing some of the reviews there.. go read the one on The Hills Have Eyes.. he is a sick somebitch.. I think that's why I like him.

Go check it out.. send a few friends..a dn tell them all to search technorati..
March 7, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterDeRex
Hey Mal, I think I've mentioned my brother is in the SAS, posted um...somewhere. Anyhow, he has access to email & phone (i had regular calls when I was having some surgery) but only when he's on base. Then we have looong blank spots. He can also send mail, so I got a letter the other day which contained a whole heap of interesting info (nothing operational...) that simply hadn't passed through the internet filter. I spoke to his g/f and she said the goat had only appeared in her hand-written letters too... Hmmm, conspiracy...
March 7, 2006 | Unregistered Commenteractonb
Am I missing something here? What in the name of Sam Browne is "the goat had only appeared in her hand-written letters too"?
March 7, 2006 | Registered CommenterMalcolm Lambe
Apparently they had a pet goat called Beagle.
But he died.
March 7, 2006 | Unregistered Commenteractonb
Are you snorting the Cold Tablets again, actonb?
March 7, 2006 | Registered CommenterMalcolm Lambe
Oh God Malkie, I dearly wish I was right now.
Frigging bloody children!
March 7, 2006 | Unregistered Commenteractonb
There's been a general goat theme running through his entire Army career, starting at ADFA. First year, first 'survival' exercise, all called together for survival demonstration - a goat brought forward and dispatched efficiently. Most girls, fair few boys go slightly green. 3 more goats then brought forward, and 3 rather unwilling volunteers extracted from the crowd to demonstrate dispatch techniques. Rations were then distributed - you guessed it - 1 goat per group of cadets. Fun all round.
March 7, 2006 | Unregistered Commenteractonb
I hope they use a different, more humane technique in the SAS for dispatching these goats than that sick Kiwi fuck used to dispatch those poor bunnies...
March 7, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterfingers
Here in the states, they have a similar thing with goats that is done by some Southern Militia goups.. they just shag the poor thing to death.

No problem getting volunteers.. which is a plus.
March 8, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterDeRex

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