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*Posted: Submitted by wtanaka (648) on Tue, 2007-10-16 10:25. | Subject: Chinese blogger sues portal

BEIJING, China (AP) -- At first, Liu Xiaoyuan just fumed when
his online journal postings disappeared with no explanation. Then he
decided to do something few if any of China's censored bloggers had
tried. He sued his service provider.

Liu, the Beijing lawyer, did not want to be protected. He has tried
to sue Sohu for breach of contract for blocking nine of his blog
entries.

Yang Bei, a Sohu spokeswoman in Beijing, said the company had no comment on the case.

Liu insists the postings conformed with Sohu's user guidelines as well
as Chinese law. He said that identical material posted to his Sina blog
was not blocked. He is not asking for compensation, only to have his
entries restored.

A Beijing district court dismissed his suit in
August, saying that it did not meet unspecified criteria. His appeal is
pending with the Beijing No. 1 Intermediate Court.

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