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Thursday, September 02, 2004

Banned in China - the Internet censored

Some of the more than 1,000 words and phrases allegedly filtered by a Chinese Internet messaging service (from an article in the Asian Wallstreet Journal):

  • Democracy
  • Christian
  • Human rights
  • Oppose corruption
  • Underground church
  • Overthrow
  • Prostitution
  • Riot
  • Sex
  • Taiwan Independence
  • Tiananmen
  • Traitor
Hmmm... makes me think happy thoughts about the Philippine Internet environment. We haven't had any horror stories about Internet censorship in the Philippines, have we? Well, Kaimo vs PLDT over comes to mind.

I happen to have a Chinese classmate, Li Ling. I asked her about Internet censorship in China. She nods in confirmation. Dikoy, a Leyte-nese classmate chimed in, "You must be enjoying Philippine Internet. Here you're able to surf for ... ehem ... (wink)" (meaning: anything your green mind wants it to mean). Li Ling shrugs and changes topic. Ah, the effects of censorship.

If Henry Sy of SM was to manage Internet in the Phils, he'll probably have this on his censor list:

  • Robinson's
  • talong
  • bulaklak (no thanks to the Viva Hot Babes)
  • massacre (hmmm... I'm starting to miss Carlo J. Caparas)
  • Joey De Leon
  • Willy Revillame
  • live show
  • Imelda (excuse me while I puke)
  • Maui Taylor
Ah, thank goodness he just runs the largest chain of malls in Asia and not the Internet. Ah, the sweet illusion of freedom in the Philippines.

Just for fun, what would you have on your censor list? Tell us about it at the comments section.

- edwin
at Robinson's Galleria, waiting for my angel business financier

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