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IMDb “Hotbed of Evil Forces”, Chinese Official (satire)

January 9, 2010

IMDb, the film review website, has been blocked in China following allegations from the Ministry of Information that the website is a ‘hotbed of anti-Chinese forces’.

“It has come to our attention that IMDb and various groups funtioning on the site have intentions to hurt the feelings of the Chinese people,” said one official at a press conference earlier this week. “IMDb is used as a tool by celebrities and highly organised separatist groups to propagate information through film reviews that may harm China’s economic and social development”.

The International Celebrities for a Better China Coalition (ICBCC) released a public statement yesterday expressing the upset caused by the blocking of the website in China. “IMDb’s film reviews have long been a primary medium for communicating pressing human rights issues with the Chinese people,” said one reality TV star who chose to remain anonymous. “The blocking of IMDb in mainland China is an enormous upset for all members of the ICBCC.”

The move is seen by many as an attempt by the Chinese government to step up its internet censoring programme drawing criticism from human rights groups.

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