"It's time for China to stop exerting draconian control of its cyberspace" -RFA's Libby Liu
(WASHINGTON D.C.) - Radio Free Asia President Libby Liu issued the following statement today in response to the news that China's Great Firewall temporarily blocked all Google searches in China, due to an unintentional association with the long-censored term "rfa."
According to Google, the phrase "gs_rfai," which began appearing in the URL's of Google searches globally, triggered the problem.
Google's statement went on to explain that in China these search results are being blocked due to the presence of the letters "rfa," because they are associated with Radio Free Asia.
"This development is a stark reminder to the world of China's repressive control of the Internet and free speech for its citizens," Liu said.
"The sensitivity of China's Great Firewall to filter any searches with the letters 'rfa' shows the extent to which online censors will go to restrict the Internet.
"It's time for China to stop exerting draconian control of its cyberspace, and allow accurate and objective information to flow freely within its society."
Radio Free Asia is a private, nonprofit corporation broadcasting and publishing online news, information, and commentary in nine East Asian languages to listeners who do not have access to full and free news media.
RFA's broadcasts seek to promote the rights of freedom of opinion and expression, including the freedom to "seek, receive, and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers." RFA is funded by an annual grant from the Broadcasting Board of Governors.
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