Trade Law May Tear Down China's 'Great Firewall'

Law360, New York (October 8, 2009, 4:37 PM EDT) -- The Chinese Internet filter known as the “great firewall” has been blasted by free speech and human rights groups, but some advocates say the best way to get the strict censorship rules relaxed could be to show that they actually constitute a trade barrier that violates global trade agreements.

The U.S. has not yet taken up any formal complaint against China's famously strict and sometimes arbitrary censorship system, but at least one free speech group — the First Amendment Coalition — has petitioned the Office of...
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