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frontpage - 1:44 pm on Feb 4, 2008 (gmt 0)
It's about preserving the underlying principles of the Internet: openness and innovation.
Talk about calling the kettle black.
Perhaps Google can explain that 'openness' to the people of China. Google caved to the communist government and censored search results for the sake of profits.
Reporters Without Borders, a France-based group that defends freedom of the press, blasted Google, saying the company was taking an immoral position that could not be justified.
"By offering a version without 'subversive' content, Google is making it easier for Chinese officials to filter the Internet themselves. A Web site not listed by search engines has little chance of being found by users," the group said in a statement. "The new Google version means that even if a human rights publication is not blocked by local firewalls, it has no chance of being read in China."
Google censored its news site in China, removing material banned by the authorities.