The Chinese government is escalating its online war againstGoogle, telling all local media agencies they must toe the party line whenreporting anything to do with Google.
Last week Google took a stand against the self-imposedcensorship of searches conducted through its Chinese portal that were demandedunder Chinese law. Google moved search queries to its portal based in HongKong, where different laws apply.
Beijing responded by blocking specific search requeststhrough the Hong Kong link, thus fulfilling Google’s intention of makingChinese authorities responsible for the censorship rather than Google itself.
Now China’s government has issued instructions to media sitesto pay “strict attention” to a number of points regarding the dispute withGoogle, and has effectively banned anything other than state-issued andapproved coverage.
The directives to news sites, issued by the State CouncilInformation Office’s Internet Affairs Bureau, include:
Carefully manage the commentary posts under news items.
All websites please clean up text, images and sound andvideos which support Google, dedicate flowers to Google, ask Google to stay,cheer for Google and others have a different tune from government policy