A Chinese blogger was beaten to death by over 15 Chinese officials. His murders are members of the Chengguan
, who as the link article will show have a dubious mission in China.
What was Wei Wenhua
(pic) beaten to death
? Because he tried to film excessive violence on the part of Police ad members of the Chenguan against members of a Chinese village that had become fed up with waste dumping near thier homes. Despite the fact that Wei offered his cellphone to the Chengguan members, he was attack and killed on site.
Unfortunately this is part of deliberate nation policy
and the detention of dissent bloggers and journalist continue despite assurences from the Chinese government in light of the 2008 games. Anger and outrage
have followed in Chinese and I suspect that China has not been experiencing the domestic tranquility that I had once assumed.
Aparently Blogger Paul Walsh of the blog group for Segala got Segala banned from China for reporting on the story
. I am not sure why China is so concerned with stopping people form filming or photographing damaging things as the Chinese government is about to regulate all videos posted on the internet. Supposedly the government will only allow videos that follow a "Socialist Moral Code" to be posted on government controlled websites as NPR reports
I know that it may not seem like it from this post, but so far the net and the media at large seems to be relatively sillent about it. Oh and it pains me to admit it, but this story did reach our desks here at EPIK Justino HQ until we saw this video
These stories always catch my interest. Maybe its because I believe in the power of the internet and citizen journalism to bring down those who abuse power. Or maybe its because in many place in the world I could be fined, imprisoned,or killed for doing a blog like this. Nevermind that I say the wrong thing about the wrong person here in Korea, that I could be liable for punitive damages, or that if I said something that really made the Korean goverment angry, I could easily be deported. I am sure that attacks against these uses of the internet will eventually crop up in my own country under the guise of stopping child porn or making the internet prohibitably expensive.