Normally censorship is one of those topics that automatically draws special attention from newsrooms. But it appears Bay Area newspapers and TV stations largedly ignored a protest Thursday (Jan. 26) outside of Google headquarters in Mountain View by Tibetans and their supporters who oppose Google’s decision to censor the search engine’s results in China. Google has agreed to block terms such as “freedom,” “human rights” and the religious group “falun gong” from its Chinese search engine in return for the right to operate in that communist country. The only mention we could find of the protest was this photo by Dino Vournas of AP. The AP story on Google that moved on the wire during that news cycle didn’t mention the protest. A search of the internet turned up only one story on the protest — from a Tibet English language Web site,, and another story in the Palo Alto Daily News.

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