China Defends Its Great Firewall

The People's Republic of China has defended its controversial online censorship policies.

In a white paper released today, the Chinese government has claimed that censorship laws are necessary to protect the rights of its citizens.

It asked other nations to respect the laws laid out by the country in order to protect the state.

China's online censorship restriction was highlighted earlier this year when Google reported a sophisticated cyber attack attack aimed at the company's servers had originated from China.

Since Google's withdrawal from China, the country has been severely criticised by champions of free internet, including US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

In response the Chinese Government's white paper on its internet policy stated that "Chinese citizens fully enjoy freedom of speech on the Internet."

The white paper then went on to say: The Chinese government believes that the Internet is an important infrastructure facility for the nation. Within Chinese territory the Internet is under the jurisdiction of Chinese sovereignty."