Rights Group Urges China to Loosen Internet Controls

An international media rights group called on China to loosen controls on news and personal expression on the Internet, saying the country's system of censorship is an insult to the spirit of online freedom. "With less than a year to go to the Olympic Games, there is an urgent need for the government to stop blocking thousands of websites, censoring online news and imprisoning Internet users," Reporters Without Borders said in a statement.

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