Thank you Google from a Humble Immigration Lawyer

It has been reported that Google, the primary search engine, is considering pulling out of China because of their censorship laws. Freedom of expression in China, being a communist country, does not exist. The Internet on the other hand is the bastion of free speech in modern times. The two (China and the Internet) mix like oil and water.

But Google makes money in China. Their search engine, Google.cn caters to a massive clientele in mainland China and Hong Kong. Google controls around 31% of the  Chinese market and makes over $400 million in revenue from it. However, despite Google’s stellar rise to the top and their domination in China, they obviously have not forgotten”from where they have come”. As a platform for people like you and me to freely express themselves, Google has given us a voice and an audience.  Google has, in essence, built its business on the principle of free speech and unlike other large companies that readily dispose of principles for short term profits, Google understands, its seems, the bigger picture.  They know who their customers really are: you and I, not governments and their special interest groups.

As has been demonstrated throughout history, once a principle is sacrificed, everyone suffers eventually. If Google were to continue operating in China, a country with a dismal record of human rights violations, censorship etc, Google would, in effect, be endorsing them. Eventually, other governments would get the message and one day you and I may find ourselves  mysteriously excluded from search results. Try searching “Tiananmen Square” in China and you will get the idea.

So as an immigration lawyer who has relied on Google to spread the word about all things immigration, I want to thank you for taking a stand. I am behind you.

Michael Niren

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

  • Heather R

    It is both phenomenal and quite refreshing to witness a company as prominent and successful as Google actually take the right position on an issue as complicated, political and important as censorship. Good job Google.

  • That is how ethics and a successful company go hand in hand

  • Veronika

    Hooray Google!

    Google put off introduction of two mobile phones designed to connect with its Internet services in China as well.

  • anonymous

    Do you know that the Chinese Government has a Multi-Million dollar contract with Microsoft to help them censor what Chinese residents can access on the internet?

    Bill Gates – a true supporter of freedom of speech, capitalism and education is making money by assisting Communist China by spreading Totalitarianism ideologies. SHAME ON YOU MR. GATES.

  • Thanks Warren
    In fact, companies that stick with principles usually profit in the end. “Don’t cut of your nose to spite your face” works every time.

  • Warren Houston

    Couldn’t agree more Michael. In today’s business world where profits overrule morals, sometimes you need a Google to be a firstmover and invoke change.

    I support Google’s decision 100%.

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