US congressman takes Google to task on China
By Stephanie Kirchgaessner
The Financial Times (01/26/06)
Google will be called to task in Washington next month following a controversial decision by the internet search engine to launch a China-based version of its website that will censor results to avoid angering the countrys Communist government.
The decision by Chris Smith, a Republican congressman from New Jersey who chairs a House subcommittee on Human Rights, to call for a February 16 hearing to examine the operating procedures of US internet companies in China, represents the first signs of what could become a serious backlash against Google and other internet companies in Washington that are perceived as capitulating to the Chinese government.
Mr Smith on Wednesday accused Google of collaborating .. with persecutors who imprison and torture Chinese citizens in the service of truth.
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