A proposal to allow access to foreign social networking sites, including Facebook and Twitter, during the Nanjing 2013 Asian Youth Games in August was submitted to state censors this week, according to the Yangtse Evening News.
“Athletes at the Asian Youth Games like to do first-person reporting and they can all be their own journalists. We must work to ensure smooth and secure functioning of the [internet] networks,” said Nanjing Mayor Ji Jianye.
According to the SCMP:
Debate was stirred among excited mainland netizens, some who asked whether websites such as YouTube and Google would be open too. One internet user praised Ji for having a “political conscience”.
But on microblog Sina Weibo, China’s version of Twitter, one user remarked cynically: “What’s the big deal? even if it’s true, it would only be a temporary opening up.”
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