Em declaração oficial na reunião de Atenas das Nações Unidas, um representante do governo chinês negou que a China censure ou bloqueie sites da Internet. Além disso, quando perguntado sobre jornalistas chineses presos, o oficial declarou que “temos centenas de jornalistas na China e alguns deles tem problemas legais. Isso não tem nada a ver com liberdade de expressão”.
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Chinese official: I don’t think we should be using different standards to judge China. In China, we don’t have software blocking Internet sites. Sometimes we have trouble accessing them. But that’s a different problem. I know that some colleagues listen to the BBC in their offices from the Webcast. And I’ve heard people say that the BBC is not available in China or that it’s blocked. I’m sure I don’t know why people say this kind of thing. We do not have restrictions at all.
Nick Gowing, BBC anchor and session moderator: Would you like to elaborate on that?
Chinese official: How can I elaborate on it if we don’t have any restrictions? Some people say that there are journalists in China that have been arrested. We have hundreds of journalists in China, and some of them have legal problems. It has nothing to do with freedom of expression.