Thankful For Freedom

Today’s CNN.com news website has an article titled “China blogger who helped quake victims jailed.” 

Huang Qi, the owner and webmaster of 64tianwang.com and human rights activist in China, was imprisoned by the government from June 2000 to June 2005 and again arrested in July 2008. 

Huang helped the families of children killed in the May 12, 2008 Sichuan earthquake because of the collapse of shoddily constructed school buildings. He was charged with “illegal possession of state secrets” after he posted the appeals and complaints of the families online. In November 2009 he was sentenced to three years of imprisonment. 

After reading the article, I can’t helped but thinking how fortunate we are in this country. We have the freedom to blog about and to express anything we want without the fear of being jailed. We have the freedom to access Internet without concerns of government blocking any websites. This freedom is not available to many people in this world. 

I am very thankful for having the freedom and the basic human rights here as an American citizen. I hope things will continue changing for the better in China, so my fellow Chinese will have the same freedom and human rights as I have here in America.