The BBC has an online article titled Blogging from East to West that talks about the important role that blogs have in promoting democracy.
"According to Reporters Sans Frontières, at least 63 bloggers [in China] have been arrested, and most of those are publishing articles outside of the country.
"These are people who are really resisting government oppression."
So why are authoritarian governments so worried about blogging? Perhaps it is because the internet is so virulent. In the same way that spammers can reach millions of people in an easy way, ideas deemed dangerously democratic by many regimes can spread faster than bacteria on a petri-dish.
Julien Pain, of Reporters Sans Frontières, says: "Blogging is a very, very important tool in terms of freedom of expression.
Mainstream media (MSM) is failing to maintain its role as the source of unbiased information necessary for democracy. Politicians are seeing the MSMs as just another marketing venue to push their "product." Although bloggers are certainly biased in their own right, the proliferation of blogging means that the blogosphere is considerably more difficult to control than NBC/CBS/ABC or NHK/Fuji/Asahi/Mainichi.