More Chinese Netizens Jump over Great Firewall
The Wang Lijun-Bo Xilai scandal has triggered a boom in the number of Chinese Internet users who are jumping over the great firewall to read unbiased news.
The Chinese regime’s Internet blockade restricts users’ access to foreign websites and limits search results. Postings on microblog sites are monitored and censored, with many comments and messages removed.
However, software developed by Global Internet Freedom Consortium, or GIFC, allows Internet users to break through government firewalls in countries such as China and Iran. It was founded by Falun Gong practitioners, who have been persecuted in China for their spiritual beliefs since 1999.
Human Rights Campaign in China sponsor Hu Jun says technology experts among Falun Gong practitioners are helping Chinese people to see the true nature of the Chinese regime and the outside world.
[Hu Jun, Sponsor, Human Rights Campaign in China]:
“Now the main anti-censorship software are those developed by Falun Gong practitioners. ‘The Dove’, i.e. ‘Free Gate ‘, ‘Ultra Surf’, and others — All these are familiar to Chinese netizens. Using this software, netizens want to get information about China’s political trend in the future and to know the truth.”
Hu Jun says the Internet has played an important part in exposing the Chinese regime’s propaganda and corruption. He believes the great firewall will soon crumble as a result.