State-controlled internet use removes freedom of speech

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So the Chinese state is monitoring internet usage even more closely than it did before.

Before being able to go online, users must put in all their personal details.

It means that if, like hundreds in the Communist country do at the moment, someone wants to protest against the government, expose corruption, and essentially exercise freedom of speech, the authorities know who they are and where they live and could, essentially, put a stop to it.

Now I hate the ‘keyboard warrior’ types – the ones too cowardly to express their opinion out loud who hide on forums and message boards – but this is nothing like that.

This is people campaigning for change and having their voices taken away from them.

Time that stopped.