This years Nobel Peace Prize was awarded this Friday to Liu Xiaobo, a Chinese human rights activist currently serving his fourth jail sentence in China. The award sparked immediate reaction from the Chinese government condemning the Norwegian Nobel Committee and the immediate censoring of the news from web searches and web sites accessed from within China.
In addition, overseas news broadcasts (like those from CNN) have been censored and removed when broadcasting news of the Nobel Peace Prize award within Chinese boundaries. The news is getting out slowly in China as CNN comments:
An increasing number of mostly young, tech-savvy users, however, have learned to rely on proxy servers to circumvent the censors and log on to banned sites like Twitter, where the mood was ecstatic Friday night.
Liu’s wife, Liu Xia commented to CNN: “People who want to find out the news will be able to do so.”