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Wednesday, 02 August 2006 08:53
Chinese intellectuals decry closure of Web site
By Reuters
Published: August 2, 2006, 7:37 AM PDT
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Dozens of Chinese writers and dissidents have decried the closing of a Web site they said was one of the few refuges for relatively unfettered views in their censorship-bound country.

In recent days, the Century China Web site has disappeared from computer screens. Over the past six years, the site was a popular forum for liberal critics of the ruling Communist Party, often relaying discussions of social and political ills and calls for political relaxation.

On Wednesday, more than a hundred intellectuals and critics of the Chinese government issued a petition that blamed the closure on the state's tightening control of the media and opinion.

"The shutdown of Century China is just another instance of the Chinese government suppressing the freedom of its people," stated the petition, which called the Web site "the one spiritual home we had in the cyberworld."

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