The battle for a free exchange of information and open online access in China is being fought out between the authorities and netizens on a daily basis.
While the Chinese Government has poured massive resources in keeping the internet sanitized with their approved content only available too many users want to share their knowledge and opinions. And they are succeeding.
Britain’s Guardian newspaper reports the more they have tried to crack down the more the microbloggers have managed to disseminate.
In the opaque world of Chinese censorship, a few red lines shine through the murk. One of the clearest is: no gossip about top political leaders, their families or internal party affairs.
But just as the authorities had vowed to tame China‘s rumbustious microblogs, they have seen an unprecedented wave of speculation and comment on the most sensitive subjects: political infighting, lurid allegations of murder and even (unfounded) claims of a coup.