China Braces For Massacre Anniversary With Media Blackout

June 2, 2009

China (ChattahBox) – In a measure that is gaining quite a lot of criticism from the rest of the world, China has imposed an information blackout in anticipation of the 20 year reunion of Tiananmen Square, The Telegraph reports.

Not only have many newspapers that have a history of being critical of the Communist regime been shut down, but writers and protesters have been barred from leaving their homes, and Internet sites have been largely blocked to keep citizens from contacting anyone who may speak out during a time that is known for being pro-Democracy.

News programs, especially from the BBC and other International services, have been blacked out and censored, and sites such as Twitter blocked. But users are finding ways around these restrictions in an attempt to communicate with those outside their borders.

“Why? Because the Chinese leaders know they have blood on their hands,” Chinese activist Renee Xia was quoted as saying.

“They fear that if the truth comes to light, the government will be under pressure to bring those responsible for this crime to justice.”

On June 3rd and 4th, 1989, a large group of protesters that some believe may be in the thousands were killed by Chinese officials during a protest again Communism. The Chinese government has always claimed that their actions were justified.


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