“Rooted in our hearts”

Today China, tomorrow the world-

[T]he deletion of content, the closure of sites and the jailing of individuals have a chilling effect that goes far beyond those immediately affected.”Because people don’t know what they are not allowed to say, they kind of guess and take down or stop saying whatever might possibly not be permissible,” said Wen Yunchao. The system’s effectiveness can be judged not by the number of censors, the sophistication of its technology or the information suppressed – but by what it has not done and does not need to do. Li Yonggang, a professor of internet politics at Nanjing university, wrote recently: “In fact, the Great Firewall is rooted in our hearts.”

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