China’s censors must be overwhelmed by all the material on the Internet they have to go through. It took a couple of weeks for them to realize that what premier Wen Jibao told CNN’s Fareed Zakaria the things that China needed — more freedom of press and expression — was something the Chinese people should not be hearing.
A few friends who pay close attention to such things (and can read the documents) now report that a directive went out by the censorship team in Beijing to all websites to delete all content of the Wen CNN interview.
Now I like to think that the censors made this decision because of people like me (but clearly those with a bigger audience) who regularly pointed out that the campaign against Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo is in direct opposition to what Wen said just a week before the prize was awarded.
Nothing hurts Beijing like being caught so publicly in a massive case of hypocracy.
Liu is in jail for being a free speech advocate. That is why he got the Nobel Peace Prize.
A week earlier Wen to Zakaria that “freedom of speech is indispensable” to the growth and development of China.
So for those who did not see the interview, including Wen’s statement that China needs more freedom of speech and expression to progress, here are the links to the CNN interviews. (Of course, these links pretty much ensure that this posting will be blocked in China.)