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Obama Supports Free Internet, In China

ABC News filed a story on its website on 16 November, 2009, with the title, "President Obama Tells Chinese Students Unrestricted Internet Access Makes the U.S. Stronger, Free Speech Makes Him a Better Leader." The article describes a town meeting in China, where the President answered questions from some of 400 Chinese students, "hand-selected" by officials of their universities. But one of the questions which was challenging, came through the US Embassy in China. It was whether in a nation of 60 million bloggers, does he know about firewalls, and does he support open use of Twitter?

He said he doesnít use Twitter, but then about freedom of use of the Internet, he said, "I think that the more freely information flows, the stronger the society becomes, because then citizens of countries around the world can hold their own governments accountable. They can begin to think for themselves. That generates new ideas. It encourages creativity." ABC News did not notice or comment on the difference between the Presidentís remarks in China and his actions through the FCC and other federal agencies, here in the US. At home, Obamaís appointees are seeking to establish controls over Internet content, which is what China already has.

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