The people of China had the freedom to write blogs on the Internet anonymously so far. However, the government passed an order making it compulsory for bloggers to write the real name. Defiance is in evidence.
Alas! that freedom is gone. It was taken away by the central govt of China in Beijing that the netizens were not permitted to Blog anonymously anymore. It meant that they could not open their hearts to fellow netizens. If a patriotic and popular leader like BO XILAI fell from grace and was hounded out, the netizens would not know the real story. In the absence of authentic and reliable news, rumour mills work overtime. Leaders all over the world
hold press conferences to explain the grave matters of the State but it is not so in the sensitive and secretive state known as the People's Republic of China.
It is customary to sweep bunglings of bigwigs under the carpet.
The businessman son of President Hu Jintao was indicted by an African State for offering bribes to the officials there to bag a big contract for his Chinese construction company. However, no one in China knows about this nefarious activity of the President's son. Netizens were forbidden to even whisper about it, leave alone a chat.
"We know Who You Are" that is the threat held out by the Chinese state officials to netizens who blog anonymously. Indeed, bloggers are not bothered because they know that the same officials are also blogging anonymously criticising unpleasant decisions of the Chinese government.
Blogging goes on without giving real name of the blogger and the long arm of the Law is yet to catch up with defiant bloggers who refuse to give their real names. So far so good but how long will the netizens enjoy the freedom of blogging anonymously. The law requires them to give their real names as blog writers so that the law enforcing agencies can reach them just in case they have exercised the non-existent right of free thought and free expression.
Well, this is not the first time that the central government of China has drastically curbed the civil liberties. Right from the days of the First Emperor of the Yellow Kingdom, such restrictions, even more severe ones, have been imposed from time to time However, the free spirit in Man has been finding a way out to beat the secretive officials at their own game Indeed the State machinery is not monolithic. There are chinks in the imperial armour and the proverbial Deep Throat who got President Nixon’s goat in Washington DC also exists in Beijing, capital of the People’s Republic of China. It may be mentioned that those freedom seekers who are caught have to undergo harsh punishment bordering torture of the third degree. It is only the perseverance of the free Spirit that can bear this and yet pursue the freedom of thought and expression.