[WikiEN-l] Tearing down the Chinese Firewall

Prasad J prasad59 at gmail.com
Sat May 13 18:07:07 UTC 2006

Also, let us not forget the Wikimedia Foundation is based in the U.S,
and though it may international in it's scope, the general perception
is that Wikimedia is an American organization. Wikipedia and the
Foundation have been receiving quite an ampunt of media-attention of
late and an issue like this is unlikely to go unnoticed. This is
already a time when most of the world accuses the U.S of meddling in
other nations's affairs too much, and like it or not anti-Americanism
is gaining support world over (not only in Muslim nations but also in
Europe,Asia and else-where). At such a juncture if Wikimedia tries to
help Chinese people break the law, the press is hardly likely to
portray Wikimedia as "saviour of the oppressed". Infact the Foundation
is probably going to be portrayed as a propaganda tool used by the U.S
Governement to further the latter's geo-political objectives in
China,Iran and the like. Needless to say such accusation are far from
good-news for the Foundation.

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