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Posted: Thu May 19, 2011 9:43 am    Post subject: Baidu Sued for Censoring China Internet Search Results  

China, responding to a lawsuit in the U.S. that accused the Chinese government and local search engine Baidu Inc. of censoring Internet information, said Web users are free to express themselves.

China guarantees “freedom of speech” on the Internet, Jiang Yu, a Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, said today in response to questions about the case. Eight Chinese residents in New York filed a lawsuit in the city yesterday against Baidu, saying the Chinese company helps the government censor political expression in violation of the U.S. constitution.

Foreign courts have no jurisdiction in China, Jiang said today at a regular press briefing in Beijing.

China requires websites to self censor pornography, gambling and content critical of the ruling Communist Party, a rule that led Google Inc. (GOOG) to pull its search engine out of the country last year. The world’s largest Internet market by users blocks Google’s YouTube video-sharing site as well as social networking services run by Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc.

The plaintiffs seek $16 million in damages from the company and the Chinese government after their “writings, publications and coverage of pro-democracy events” were censored and banned from Baidu’s search engine, according to the complaint filed in Manhattan federal court. They also charge Baidu and China violated New York State civil rights laws.

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Posted: Thu Aug 11, 2011 5:52 am    Post subject: Re: Baidu Sued for Censoring China Internet Search Results  

baidu is the same as google
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