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China’s Information Minister Cai Wu tells a big one

Posted by radiofreechina on October 26, 2006

Criticism of Chinese censorship stems “from cultural misunderstanding”

Washington (AsiaNews/Agencies) – Cai Wu, China’s information minister, said at an event sponsored by the Center for Strategic and International Studies think tank, that international claims that his country tramples internet and media freedoms stem from a cultural misunderstanding of the role the press plays in Chinese society, where news media must work with the government. In his view, Chinese websites “offer probably the freest forum for opinion in the world”. Hence, Mr Cai rejected the US State Department’s annual global human rights report which accuses China of clamping down on print, broadcast and electronic media and censoring internet content.

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