A Chinese netizen in the southern province of Guangdong has sued his Internet service provider (ISP) for blocking access to Google, in a rare move which has highlighted the country’s censorship practices, even in official media.
“There is a contractual relationship,” Wang was quoted as saying. “They should offer me telecom services, yet they still failed to provide access. They should be held responsible for this failure.”
A final judgement is expected by the end of the month, the People’s Daily said.
A news post on Sina Weibo linked to the case had been viewed some 850,000 times on Friday, with many netizens leaving supportive comments.
“The original poster (OP) is doing what many of us don’t dare to do,” wrote user @huangdidecaibao, while @capricornyu added: “Whether he wins or not, at least someone is speaking out.”
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