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In China, you’re probably not going to see what’s going on in Egypt. Know why?

Governments that rule with one heavy hand are going to trickle away in the 21st Century.

Meanwhile, take a look at this piece from BoingBoing:

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At Global Voices Advocacy, Oiwan Lam has a piece up about the censoring of terms and news related to the Egypt uprising, inside China.

As our readers confirmed in comments on a previous BB post, Oiwan reports that that the word “Egypt” has been blocked from search in major social media websites, and Chinese state media outlets have been downplaying the news.
On Xinhua news‘ front page, above, Egypt news is absent but the term “Egypt New Government” (circled in green above) appears as a popular/trending term.

The filtering of search result and the blocking of search term “Egypt” in social media websites is to prevent certain interpretation of the political situation in Egypt. The scenes of Tanks moving into the city center, the confrontation between the people and the soldiers are very likely to recall Chinese people‘s memory of the June 4 incident back in 1989 and the criticism of the authoritarian government in Egypt can easily turn into a political allegory in China.

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