China Censors Egypt News

The unrest in Egypt continues, but China blocked the country’s name from micro-blogs and wiped away any comments from the web in regard to the protests.

The Chinese Communist Party keeps an eye on the Internet and blocks any content that could represent a threat. Negative talk of a one party rule is a “no-no,” censored.

Censors nip special events like the 2008 Beijing Olympics, or after a political crisis- the 2009 riots in Xinjiang.

The Chinese on protests. On January 30, Global Times, a state-run newspaper, published an editorial warning, essentially, that democracy would fail in Tunisia and Egypt. An excerpt:

“In general, democracy has a strong appeal because of the successful models in the West. But whether the system is applicable in other countries is in question, as more and more unsuccessful examples arise.

In the West, democracy is not only a political system, but a way of life. Yet some emerging democracies in Asia and Africa are taking hit after hit from street-level clamor

Democracy is still far away for Tunisia and Egypt. The success of a democracy takes concrete foundations in economy, education and social issues.”

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