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