freedom of speech

@dandan07 (1908)
China
August 31, 2011 10:56pm CST
Do you have freedom of speech? It is said that in China, you can have freedom of speech. But now I really doubt about it. Yesterday I saw a news on the net, and then I make a comment on it. Soon after that, my comment was damned, and today it was deleted and can not see any more. The news is about the visit of President of the Philippines. As a Chinese, I really do not like the Philippines President's behavior on the hostage event and Nanhai problems. But I think as the Philippines President, he does his job well based on his stand point. The really stupid one is our government. So I said that on the comment. Soon the Wumaodang (as it is siad that they can get about $0.05 from the government for each comment) damn me after the comment. I find that it is not free to say something here.
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10 responses
@huilichan8 (1379)
• Singapore
1 Sep 11
I have heard that the Chinese government exercises stringent control over internet access in China. What the Chinese government does not want the people to know, it will do whatever is necessary to remove such information promptly. Of course, this is just hearsay; I am not sure how true it is. As a Singaporean, I don't think I have much freedom of speech. However, because the government here does not exercise control over what is transmitted via the internet, so at least I could still vent my unhappiness or frustration(if I want to) about certain government policies, etc through my blog or through other social media.
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@dandan07 (1908)
• China
1 Sep 11
I have heard that there are no many newspapers in Singaporean, and some people who have visited Singaporean said that there are not many freedom of speech. But I think as your government have never limit the use of internet, the situation is much better than that in China. I also find that the techcians here are so powerful that they can limit the access of the network. As I am not good at computer and net, so it seems quite impossible for to the "climbing the wall". So I have to analysis the information on the website here, to find out any hide information behind them.
• Singapore
2 Sep 11
Yes, I agree that it's not as bad here as it is in China. I have heard that access to facebook is banned in China (Is it true?) apparently because of its immense popularity. I guess it is safe to say whatever you want here because it is still not well-known and it is not as popular as facebook.
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@dandan07 (1908)
• China
8 Sep 11
Yes, the accesses to the facebook and twitter are shut down by the government here. It is said that they do it for the harmony of the society. how powerful our country is, I think no other government in the world can make it. Mylot has now here for more than 5 years, it seems. I really know many things form it. Maybe it is an English website and have never been the top news topic here, so we can enter here to do something.
• China
1 Sep 11
I don't think so about your opinion. In fact, the president of philippines was welcomed by China government. Although the issue of Nanhai is a big divergence between two countries. Cooperation is still advocated by China government,aslo including Philippines's. In China, I saw many chinese people express indignant about Philippine government's attitude in Nanhai, but government is very quiet. So I think there is misunderstand for your. As a chinese, I think we have freedom of speech in all media, especially internet.
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1 Sep 11
Your last words,made you entire remark nonsense.As your fellow countryman ,I shame for you!
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@dandan07 (1908)
• China
1 Sep 11
If you really do not know that you have been limited in China, that means you are really stupid. I f you know that, while says we have freedom of speech in all media, especially internet, I am shamed for you. You are not a person with independent minds and free spirits.
@Awinds (2475)
• United States
1 Sep 11
Doesn't China have government ordained internet filtering? Are there not also laws on how one can't freely criticize the Chinese government? And finally, doesn't China ban movies and music it deems unfit for its citizens? That is not freedom of speech. That is controlled speech and press. If there was real freedom of speech, the Chinese government would not be filtering and banning things. People could go where they wanted to on the internet and they could say what they wanted to about the government without fear of repercussion from the government. China has become more free in recent decades but it has a way to go yet.
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@dandan07 (1908)
• China
1 Sep 11
Now, as more and more people can receive high education here, and by the law all the people should get 9 years basic education in China. So more and more people can use the computer and sur the internet. As the communication technology develops faster than any periods of human history, the speed of news spread is farther than any one can control. So to protect their rule power, the Chinese government try their best to control people's behavior here. So many young people say that I know how to right letters in a correct way, but in China we have to use the wrong letter to get trough the filter which is controlled by the government. And now, the government lose credibility and no one believe them any more. For many of us think that we can not get whole information, and what we get must be wrong.
@Awinds (2475)
• United States
1 Sep 11
Well that just confirms it. The government is trying to control the flow of information. That is the opposite of freedom of speech. I do hope for your sake that the government will give up its filtering crusade!
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@Jacruz25 (1124)
• Philippines
7 Sep 11
China is not a democratic country. Well it's really hard to live a life like that. It's like close to a martial law. The chinese government is doing everything to shut it's people up. I know that ever since. Specially about the J-10 crash a couple of years ago. A person uploaded a photo of the wreckage but the government covers it up and no news was published about that crash.
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@dandan07 (1908)
• China
8 Sep 11
Government here let us know they think what we should know even if that is not a truth. While they will keep all they think we should not know away from us. Many times, they give us "part truth" and force we to support them. I think that is funny. Not all the people in China are stupid, and I do not trust them any more. And as Chinese government are lack of universal value, I think their behavior cannot accpeted by most people in the world, and that make them can not have any real friends.
1 Sep 11
The Wumaodang you mentioned, I think I found one. The author of the eighth remark. I am so astounded. This kind people do exists,what a miracle. "especially internet"? Can you access YouTube,Can you sign in on Facebook,Can you open twitter's front page?
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@dandan07 (1908)
• China
1 Sep 11
Yes, I find that, too. It is really amazing that there are Wumaodangs in mylot. I think as the government will not pay him for his comment here, why he does not speak his real think here in mylot. Or maybe he can get his payment, while he can also get pay from mylot. One job while two payment. I hope we have made a big mistake. For you know, if Wumaodangs can make comments here, it means we are not safe for making posts here.
@Simon1223 (901)
• China
1 Sep 11
As a Chinese, you should understand how the government defines "freedom of speech". Many officials treat "freedom of speech" as a threat to their rules, especially to their purposes to embezzle public funds and accept bribery. The Chinese medias are totally controlled by the government and could not act as social conscience. Thanks to God, the rise of Internet offers citizens an opportunity to express their views relatively freely. The governments know that they could not totally control this new media, so they spend a lot of money in "guiding" the network public opinions in order to make it really like the opinions of most people. I feel sorry that so much money has been wasted which could have been used in other fields such as education and health care. Luckily we could still express our views freely in mylot, so let's cherish such freedom!
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@dandan07 (1908)
• China
1 Sep 11
It is really funny that we cannot complain things by our own language in our own country, but we can say what we think in a foreign language in a place which is run by people out of China. I think that is one of the most important reason for me to attend mylot regularly, for I can speak free and can get to know new thing without the limit of Chinese government.
@youless (85295)
• Guangzhou, China
1 Sep 11
It will be a joke if we can have a freedom of speach. The government built the Great Fire Wall which block many websites such as Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and so on. If you have a Weibo account, you will see many latest news. And you will find more truth of about society. And as you can imagine, many posts are deleted, and even the Weibo account will be deleted, too. I remember several days ago I saw a post about the leaking oil news from CCTV. However, soon this news was cut and the host Wei Jing was in a shock. But soon she stayed calm and spoke the next news. Isn't it amusing? As to the issue you are talking about, do you know that our government will invest 50 billions of dollars to Phillipines. It just doesn't make a sense! I love China
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@dandan07 (1908)
• China
1 Sep 11
I think if giving the problem to a normal people in China, he/she will not make a investment like this. And I can not understand why our government do things in that way, and what are they really wanted. You know how the GCD get the power of governence. So it seems impossible for us to make it in the same way now. But I do not think people will bear it for a long time, we have enough of it.
@godarna (223)
1 Sep 11
Yes, I have freedom of speech. As I was born in the Netherlands, where freedom of speech is a great issue. It's still one of the best countries to live, because many of so called freedom movements and topis have been translated into bills. But don't get me wrong, freedom of speech doesn't mean, that all you say will be accepted as the truth by other people. Better say, people must be able to share opinions and respect them.
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@dandan07 (1908)
• China
1 Sep 11
I know that even if we have freedom of speech, we still can not say something which will hurt other people or contain unsuitable contents. But in China, the limit so big, as word like the name of President and his wife can not be a word for search bar. I really doubt about what is the real meaning of a forbidden word. If all can be forbidden word, the best way for the government is shut down all the ways of information. So that can make all the people here know the fact that we do not have the right to know what we want to know, what we need to do is following the government.
• Hong Kong
1 Sep 11
Blame internet censorship. Freedom is a scarcity.
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• Greece
1 Sep 11
we have freedom of speach in our country. everyone can express their opinion out loud and dont have any consequence about it. in china people cant do it as every aspect of their real or internet life is critisized.
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