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05 July 2005


Jonathan Marks

I think, intitally, Chinese companies will use blogs purely as a sales tool and not to share anything that isn't part of a sales strategy. Money is, by far, the most important goal. China openly jams western broadcasts and has a huge proxy server system. But locals are content to give up certain freedoms in return for the benefits of making money abroad. They are truly brilliant negotiators.

Jonathan Marks

bit more to add

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

RSF says Chinese have improved jamming capabilities
In a press release to mark the 70th birthday of the Dalai Lama, international press freedom organisation Reporters Without Borders (RSF) notes that the passing years have brought no let-up in harsh curbs on press freedom in Tibet by the Chinese authorities.

RSF notes that the US-based Radio Free Asia and Voice of America and the Indian-based Voice of Tibet, the main radio stations broadcasting Tibetan-language programming to Tibet, are systematically jammed. RSF says that, thanks to the acquisition of ALLISS antennae made by the French company Thalès, the Chinese authorities have improved their jamming capabilities. Installed above all in the far northwestern city of Kashi, they are used to jam international radio signals.

Radio Free Asia broadcasts on 10 different frequencies in an attempt to get round the censorship, but they are all systematically jammed by diffuse noise or music. The authorities recently installed new jamming towers in Pemba (in the Chamdo region) and since then residents have been unable to get Voice of America.

RSF says the authorities have distributed new radio sets to the population in the Kardze region on the grounds that they are of better quality than the old ones. But they are preset and blocked on to a fixed bandwidth and cannot be tuned into international stations.

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