The BBS crackdown in China's colleges has been discussed in blogsphere these days. In precise words, it is not crackdown, but restriction for the outsiders to visit. But it meant "crackdown" to many graduates who has always visited the school's bbs after their graduation. One of my friends who has just set up a blog in SMTH(Shuimu Tsinghua) said that it is lucky that she had saved all her blogs just before the close of SMTH. But another friend, who was not that lucky, has lost all her data in the BBS of Nanjing University after she was forbidden to visit it from outside.
"All my hard work done with heart and blood has gone". She said.
I don't know what to say when one professor asked me why the government did that yesterday.
Is there a reason? Or no reason at all? I could understand why such things happened, in some extent. It is not the first time, or the second. But what I couldn't understand is that if the economic growth could keep up without free thoughts and speeches. If our leaders think the two conflict with each other, then why not close down the whole Internet?
I am a benifitor of the campus BBS. I visit and experience the campus feelings even after I left the campus. To the students, it is a free forum to exchange ideas with the people inside and outside the campus. I remember the hot discussion once happened in the "Goabroad" board of SMTH, when a former student of Tsinghua University visited and told about his current experience in U.S.
"If there is no SMTH, I will not stand here". said one of my classmates, who had studied in both U.K and Hong Kong. She didn't study in SMTH, but owe a lot to the BBS.
I am not a politician, so I am not in a right position to speak about the policy. But I always believe the freeflow of information is a requistee for a country, just as the freeflow of capital and the free market.