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As China's provider for its largest microblogging service, Sina Corporation is censoring information on its Weibo site, a group is urging investors in the company to reduce or even stop their shareholding. They hope it will pressure Sina to stop cooperating with the Chinese regime's demands to censor information.
An open letter published on November 2nd is urging investors in the Sina Corporation to reduce their shares, or pull out of the company. Sina is the provider of China's largest microblogging service. The outspoken blogger Wen Yunchao wrote the letter and it was signed by several others, including economist Xia Yeliang and US-based democracy activist Yang Jianli. It describes how Sina is cooperating with the Chinese regime to censor information.
[Yang Jianli, Democracy Activist]:
"Everybody knows Sina's microblogging service cooperates with the government's demands in censoring information and it has deleted a lot of free information—even limited people and closed down many microblog accounts. This is a despicable way of controlling speech and information. A company should not cooperate in this way with a government."
One example of Sina's censorship is that of Ms. Liu Ping, an independent candidate for the Jiangxi local people's congress. The letter states:
"Because of her candidateship, over 30,000 people followed her on Sina Weibo at some point. But then Sina Weibo uses deception to reduce her followers. When other users click to follow her on Weibo, the system will send a message showing that the operation is successful, when in fact it is not. Now, the number of followers of Liu Ping's account has dropped to 20,000."