Wikipedia Assures It Will Not Bow Down to ANY China Censorship Demands

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By Esther Tanquintic-Misa | August 13, 2013 1:31 PM EST

Time and again for the nth time, Wikipedia will not bow down to any censorship demands from China, Jimmy Wales, co-founder of the largest online free-content encyclopedia, said.

Wikipedia Assures It Will Not Bow Down to ANY China Censorship Demands

China has incessantly requested the online portal to censor certain information relative to its country and its history, but Wikipedia has continued to reject such requests, because "access to knowledge and education is a basic human right," Mr Wales told the Wall Street Journal.

China's will to censor relevant information is very well known around the world. Government disapproves users' access to many social networking services such as Facebook and Twitter, in an apparent bid to control citizens' inter-communication and curb any potential rebellion.

It has created its own Twitter-like portal, Sina Weibo, albeit with regulated mechanisms. However, this does not stop netizens to air their angsts against the government and its cohorts for every misdeed.

Wales during his keynote speech "State of the Wiki" at Wikimania 2013, Hong Kong.

Mr Wales disclosed the revelation following the recent anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre where China's Great Firewall blocked all relative information. The government barred certain sensitive topics in the encrypted version of Wikipedia on the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, as well as filtered keywords.

Also known as the June Fourth Incident in Chinese, the Tiananmen Square Massacre was primarily organized in protest to the massive corruption being enjoyed by the Communist Party. Initially debating to diffuse the situation peacefully, China ultimately chose force in hand and controlled the situation militarily. Estimates vary as to how many students were killed on that fateful day, ranging from hundreds to thousands.

Description of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests are blacked out in guidebooks for sale at the Foreign Languages Bookstore in Beijing.

"We don't approve of filtering, but there is nothing we can do to stop it," Mr Wales said.

Mr Wales likewise reiterated that Wikipedia is not implementing a real-name registration system, something which the Chinese government does for its netizens.

China's Internet access providers are required to collect data that links users' online names to real identities.

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