Amnesty International will create a giant wall in Bryon Bay on Sunday 29 June, to symbolise the struggle for media and information freedom in China.

“In its bid for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, China promised there would be free and unrestricted media access, but journalists continue to be persecuted, bloggers jailed, websites shut down and certain web pages remain censored,” said China Campaign co-ordinator Sophie Peer.

China’s Great Firewall, also known as the Golden Firewall, will be recreated to represent opposition to internet censorship and support for freedom of expression.

The firewall in China is monitored by between 30,000 and 50,000 ‘cyber police’, Amnesty International says.

It is enabled by companies such as Yahoo!, Microsoft, Google, Sohu and Baidu.

People can tear down and sign one of the 25,000 action cards, which will be directed to one of five technology companies operating in China.

“We are deeply concerned that these companies continue to comply with China’s demands and block access to certain websites,” said Ms Peer.

“They should disclose any policies, laws and online practices which may result in user’s details being provided to authorities.

“We are calling on all internet service providers operating in China to publicly support the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, including the right to freedom of expression and the right to privacy.

“This support should be practically implemented through policies which enable unrestricted internet access.”

The firewall was launched in Brisbane on Tuesday 13 May and has gone on a regional tour of Queensland and Northern NSW for the last 30 days, visiting many of Queensland’s important regional centres along the east coast.  Byron Bay will be the last stop on this leg of the tour.

  • Date: Sunday 29 June 2008
  • Time: 10am to 3pm 
  • Location: Apex Park, Main Beach, Bryon Bay  
  • Contact: Sasha Jesperson 0431 481 887 sjesperson@amnesty.org.au