Reporters Without Borders (RSF) released an interesting report on Internet censorship in China last week. The information source of the report came from an anonymous person working in IT in China. The report is not very well written but it provided a lot of details and examples of direct orders of censorship coming straight from the authorities. Yahoo was mentioned in the report several times. I came to conclude that the company should not have sited an office in Beijing which is kind of like standing next to an inferno while domestic companies based in elsewhere get to do a little more under their own free will.

RSF also released their latest Worldwide Press Freedom Index 2007 earlier this week. China ranked near the bottom at 163, right above Burma and a few spots above North Korea. With so much repression happening in those countries, their rankings should be no surprise to anyone.

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