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Google ends its censorship in China - commentary, Mar 2010

Google stopped censoring its search results in China in March 2010, sending mainland Chinese users to Google Hong Kong, which is not censored.  See "Google Shuts China Site in Dispute Over Censorship", New York Times, 22 Mar 2010

Some key commentary & analysis:

"Hong Kong's Sin Hails Google's Decision to Leave China" [video] - Bloomberg interview with Sin Chung Kia, Hong Kong Democratic Party legislator, 23 Mar 2010

"In China, Google users worry they may lose an engine of progress" - John Pomfret, Washington Post, 20 Mar 2010:
Although many who were interviewed said they supported Google's decision to confront the Chinese government, they also said its departure would make them feel even more marginalized in Chinese society, stuck between a state committed to controlling information and a freer outside world.

"China: Google Decision Shows Government Intransigence" - Human Rights Watch, 23 Mar 2010

"Internet firm in China stops using Google services after move to end censoring results" - Jeremiah Marquez, AP, 23 Mar 2010:
TOM Online, a mainland Chinese Internet firm controlled by Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing, said Tuesday it was stopping use of Google's search services after "the expiry of agreement." "TOM reiterated that as a Chinese company, we adhere to rules and regulations in China where we operate our businesses," the company's parent, Hong Kong-based TOM Group, said in a statement Tuesday.

When Google announcedChina

that it would pull out of if it had to continue censoring content, Zhao Hun went to the Internet giant's Beijing headquarters with a bouquet of flowers.

For the popular blogger and human rights activist, the flowers signified his support for Google's battle for freedom of expression -- but they also underscored a loss.