英語で聞く: The Great Firewall of China

From BBC Learning English
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by Viv Marsh

There’s been uproar on China’s tightly-controlled internet after local media reported that the state news agency Xinhua has an account on Twitter. Along with Facebook and YouTube, the popular western social networking website is banned in China.
Xinhua has had an English-language account on Twitter for months, and it’s not clear why China’s regional press chose to mention its existence now. But it’s provoked both anger and amusement among Chinese web users, whose every mouse-click is monitored by what’s known as the Great Firewall.

One comment left on the website of the news magazine Caijing, said Xinhua’s officials should be arrested for jumping the wall. Another (comment was), “please allow us to visit Twitter too”. (…)

Homework
After reading the text, think of the questions below and write an answer to ONE of them (5-10 sentences):
1. What is “censorship”? Do you know any examples of censorship?
2. What is your opinion about censorship? Can you think of some positive and negative examples of censorship?
3. Make your own sentences with the words written in bold.

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