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Reporters without Borders, a rights group based in Paris, recently released a report on cyber police and Internet surveillance in China. This study shows that at least 30,000 cyber police are monitoring the flow of information on the Internet and that dozens of web surfers have been thrown into jail for expressing dissenting voices on the Internet.

Beijing authorities have identified ten categories of forbidden content or subject matter on the Internet, all of which could lead to prosecution and arrest, without due process. The prohibited access list includes key words such as BBC, SARS, human rights, Taiwan, Falun Gong, Tibet, among other sensitive issues. Reporters without Borders also warns that the popular Internet chat room has become a “trap” for web users, because it is closely monitored by the cyber police. China leads the rest of the world in putting people in jail for expressing themselves on the Internet, this rights group says.

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