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Microsoft shuts down Chinese blog.

Microsoft shut down the blog of Chinese journalist Zhao Jing hosted on MSN Spaces, The Wall Street Journal reported Jan. 6. The blog had been critical of the Chinese government's firing of Beijing newspaper editors.

The site "has been blocked at this time," MSN's lead product manager Brooke Richardson said in a statement, according to The Journal.

"Most countries have laws and practices that require companies providing online services to make the Internet safe for local users. Occasionally, as in China, local laws and practices require consideration of unique elements."

According to The Journal, phrases such as "human rights," "democracy" and "Tibetan independence" are blocked by many blogger systems, including MSN Spaces.

Rebecca MacKinnon, a Berkman Center for Internet & Society research fellow, told The Journal, "In the short term, (acquiescing to China) gets you into a market you perhaps couldn't be in otherwise. In the long term, is this good for your corporate global image and your image in China, that you go along with censorship?"

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Title Annotation:FREEDOM OF INFORMATION
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Date:Mar 1, 2006
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