Friday, February 8, 2013

Censorship in China

The article that I chose discusses media censorship in China, specifically social media censorship. The article mentions large groups of people gathering on social media sites in support of the right to information of the Chinese people. The Chinese government employs tens of millions of people to monitor internet and social media posts, in the effort to suppress public movements. The Chinese government is obviously doing this in order to keep it's people subdued. If the Chinese people saw that the people of other countries are afforded more basic human rights than them, they might feel unjustly treated, and start a revolution to change the current regime. In class, we have discussed that the right to information is a fundamental human right. The UN's universal declaration of human rights states that "everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers." This censorship is an example of how the universal declaration of human rights has very limited legal power. China is clearly in violation of their citizen's rights, but the UN has taken no actions to correct this. The social and economical implications of any UN actions would be enormous, as China is so integrally involved in the world's political and economical network. This shows that while the UN can take action against small, less significant countries when they commit human rights violations, more powerful countries can escape judicial action from the UN. I feel that if the UN were immune to the influences of politics, then it could be a much more beneficial force for human rights than it currently is. Link to the article:

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