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article imageChina Abandons Plans to Force Bloggers to Use Their Real Names

By Steve in the UK     May 24, 2007 in Internet
After very vocal howls of protest from Internet users in China, the government has been forced re-think its position. Instead, under a new code, registration won’t be compulsory, although those who do register will receive “better services.”
When a policy affects over 20 million people, you had better make sure they are going to agree. Otherwise, as China has just found out, you may have to make a major change.
In this case, it's China's policy of making everybody who has a blog register their real name. This makes blogging about something you don't like (like criticism of the the Chinese government) very rare. Those who do write critically run the risk of local police paying them a visit and taking them for a short walk.
Although this was not a direct censorship of the blogging world in China, many saw it as just that.
The Chinese authorities argued registration would protect users from the spreading of harmful information and libel, among other things.
The change to the policy now means Chinese residents can now blog and leave blog comments anonymously.
In a country where many of the residents hold little faith in the mainstream media, blogging is a way of getting to the real truth behind a story.
Now Chinese bloggers can post about the government without fear of the dreaded knock on the door.
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