Wikipedia defies China

The free online encyclopedia Wikipedia has refused the Chinese government's request to remove certain material from the Wikipedia Web site, and in retaliation, the Chinese have blocked access to Wikipedia for everyone in China. Unlike other the leaders of other companies like Microsoft, Google and Yahoo!, who have collaborated with the Chinese government and agreed to assist with censorship, Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, has taken a principled stand and refused to participate in censorship.

Apparently, among the items the Chinese want removed are articles about Tiananmen Square and the massacre of thousands of Chinese students by the Communist government. Wales will continue to meet with Chinese officials to encourage them to allow complete access to Wikipedia.

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