A man uses a computer at an internet cafe in Beijing in this June 1 photo. Freedom House has named China as the worst abuser of internet freedoms for a third straight year after Beijing codified a slew of restrictions on internet users and firms this year. (Photo by Greg Baker/AFP)
China was the worst abuser of internet freedom for a third year running in 2017, according to Freedom House, a US-based freedom-of-speech watchdog, in its annual report.As the ruling Communist Party held its 19th Party Congress, the government began turning many of its censorship strategies into law, its report on China said."The drive to codify what were previously ad hoc censorship and surveillance strategies persisted during the coverage period," the report said.Other restrictions prevent websites from republishing “unverified” news from social media, the report added.Websites the government has not licensed are barred from providing any online news or information service, the report said.