Chinese state media on June 11 issued an unprecedented defense of newly required internet filtering software that must be packaged with every computer sold in China starting next month, after a public outcry at home and abroad, reports the Associated Press. Although the government says the software is aimed at blocking violence and pornography, users who have tried it say it prevents access to a wide range of topics, from discussions of homosexuality to images of comic book characters such as Garfield the cat. Chinese authorities rarely feel compelled to justify their tight internet controls on the world's largest population...

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