FREEDOM IN CHINA….The authorities in China have long censored internet access to news sources they dislike, but Peking Duck reports that they are now censoring Google searches for specific words. Apparently they’ve previously targeted specific phrases like “Tiananmen Square,” but an emailer says that a Google search for even a common word like “freedom” now returns garbage, whether the search is done in English or Chinese. Several of PD’s commenters confirmed that the same thing happened when they tried it.

It sounds like there’s some pretty serious paranoia setting in among the powers-that-be in Beijing. Do I have any readers in China who can confirm this?

UPDATE: And the award for funniest comment I’ve read in a while goes to….B!