The April 6 article “China allows access to English Wikipedia” mentions that the Chinese government has finally allowed people to access the English version of Wikipedia. On the other hand, there are still great numbers of Web sites that remain blocked.

In my opinion, everyone should have the right to know and learn what they want. I think the Chinese government took a great step in allowing its citizens to have access to information, and their decision of unblocking Web sites deserves praise. Nonetheless, many Web sites and discourse on sensitive political topics remain restricted. I encourage the Chinese government to continue to de-restrict Internet access. Given that China is hosting the Olympics this summer, now would be an appropriate time to do so. Allowing the Chinese people to freely access all Web sites and to freely engage in discussions with others would help improve the world’s impression of China.

miku itakura