China Reverses Stance On Olympic Net Censorship

razor - August 2, 2008 01:44PM in CPU's, Internet

In one of the more surprising policy reversals in recent memory, China's President, Hu Jintao, has officially lifted the Internet restrictions that have until now cast a shadow over the 2008 Olympics being held in Beijing. The move comes after weeks of intense, worldwide media pressure aimed at the Chinese government and the International Olympic Committee following China's failure to uphold its pre-Olympic promise of a free, uncensored Internet during the 2008 Games. China has long been criticized for its government-backed stifling of basic human rights, and has historically blocked access to websites associated with human rights promotion and freedom, including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and Radio Free Asia.