China to lift ban on Internet sites and to welcome foreign telecommunication companies within the Shanghai Free-trade Zone

September 24th, 2013   Theme: Internet Freedom

Beijing recently reported considering lifting the ban on foreign websites such as Twitter, Facebook and The New York Times within the Shanghai Free-trade Zone, reports the Hong Kong based South China Morning Post (SCMP). The Chinese government is also to open up for foreign telecommunication companies to be able to act in the same region, which according to sources is likely to expand over the upcoming years to cover the whole Pudong district, which covers 1,210.4 square kilometers, SCMP says.

Could this be the beginning of a new and liberal Internet policy for China ahead? Facebook and Twitter played an important role in the recent political movements in the Middle East and the Chinese authorities are still concerned about “the impact of new media on social stability”, SCMP says.

Read more at South China Morning Post or Forbes.

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