29 November 2006

CN - The great firewall of China from Guardian Unlimited: News blog

Hugo de Burgh, a journalism professor and expert on China, argued that only a "tiny" proportion of people in the world's most populous state were in prison for journalism or blogging. Speaking at a debate entitled the Great (Fire)Wall of the Internet, Professor de Burgh said it was important not to overstate the curbs on free speech in China, which were often a legacy of confused laws and perpetrated by local officials. His remarks drew opposition from several of those present at the debate, organised by the London School of Economics and Reporters sans Frontières (RSF).