Argument: Google pressuring China on censorship emboldens hard-liners

Issue Report: Google decision to stop censoring results in China


Shaun Rein. “Opposing view: Google’s big mistake.” USA Today. March 29th, 2010: “Like the failed economic sanctions against North Korea, Cuba and Burma (also known as Myanmar) that prop up unsavory governments, isolating China over Web censorship reinforces the power of hard-liners. […] Google’s ultimatum — to let it stop censoring searches or it will leave— has cut reform-minded officials’ legs off at the knees, as well as strengthening the power of officials who take a dimmer view of allowing Chinese Internet users access to sites outside China.”