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CRS Report: Internet Development and Information Control in the People's Republic of China

Author: Michelle W. Lau
November 22, 2005

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Since its founding in 1949, the People's Republic of China has often been accused of manipulating the flow of information and prohibiting the dissemination of viewpoints that criticize the government or stray from the official Communist party view. The introduction of Internet technology in the mid-1990's presented a challenge to government control over news sources, and by extension, over public opinion. While the Internet has developed rapidly and increased the daily convenience of many Chinese citizens, freedom of expression online, as in the media, is still significantly stifled.

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