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“All human beings are born free and equal

in dignity and rights.”

- Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The State of Global Online Freedom

Thursday, June 18, 2009 - 10:30am
2226 Rayburn House Office Building


In 2004 Chinese authorities raided the home of journalist Shi Tao and sentenced him to ten years imprisonment for releasing a Communist Party government document to an overseas pro-democracy group. It was later revealed that Yahoo! China had turned over his personal information to Chinese authorities.

This shocking instance of the Chinese government’s severe repression of freedom of expression brought to the forefront the efforts of repressive regimes worldwide to censor and monitor the Internet, often with the cooperation of Western-based corporations. This hearing will highlight global trends in Internet censorship and provide recommendations for combating government censorship.

If you have any questions, please contact 202-225-3599.

Hosted by:

James P. McGovern, M.C.
Co-Chairman, TLHRC
Frank R. Wolf, M.C.
Co-Chairman, TLHRC


  • Daniel Calingaert, Deputy Director of Programs, Freedom House
  • Lucie Morillon, Director, Reporters Without Borders' Washington Office
  • Harry Wu, Founder, The Laogai Foundation
  • Mehdi Khalaji, Senior Fellow, Washington Institute for Near East Policy
  • T. Kumar, Advocacy Director, Amnesty International



111th Congress