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  Microsoft Imposing Communists Chinese Law In The US
Microsoft admits it removed the weblog of a dissident Chinese journalist, citing the company's policy of abiding by local laws.

CNET News.com reports that Zhao Jing's blog was removed from Microsoft's MSN Spaces site Dec. 31, according to investigative journalist and former CNN reporter Rebecca Mackinnon.

A Microsoft representative told ZDNet UK yesterday it blocked the blog to make sure its service complied with laws in the communist country.

But CNET News.com says questions remain as to why a site hosted in the United States must comply with Chinese law.

Responding to futher questions, Microsoft stated the company is "a multinational business and, as such, needs to manage the reality of operating in countries around the world."

In June 2005, Microsoft acknowledged it was employing a filter that censored words such as "freedom" and "democracy" from its US based Chinese MSN internet portal.

Most countries, a Microsoft spokesman said, "have laws and practices that require companies providing online services to make the Internet safe for local users. Occasionally, as in China, local laws and practices require consideration of unique elements."

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