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Chinese Writers Seek $17 Million Censorship Suit Default

A group of Chinese residents of New York who sued the People’s Republic of China last year claiming the government censored their writings asked a federal court in New York for a $17.4 million default judgment because the country didn’t answer the complaint.

The writers sued China and Baidu.com Inc., the owner of China’s most popular Internet search engine, in May 2011, seeking $16 million in damages. They claimed that their pro-democracy writings about China were censored or banned from the search engine.