China’s postal agency launched a new service this week that will enable computer users to have e-mails delivered in hard-copy form to recipients who don’t have e-mail. The e-mails will be printed out by postal employees, placed into envelopes, and sent with the rest of the mail to the sender’s assigned destination.

Oh, and it won’t be read by anyone. A spokeswoman for China Post says so.

“Mail is a private matter,” the spokeswoman says. “There would be no reason for anybody to read it.”

No reason, indeed. Even the Chinese regime’s own followers assume that, in a nation where the government asserts that the open exchange of opinions will cause societal instability, somebody at China Post will be reviewing what is passed along.