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'Deliberate censorship': China has blocked the BBC website

The BBC is complaining to Chinese authorities about the blocking.

The BBC News website
The BBC News website
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THE BBC NEWS website has been blocked in China, in the latest crackdown on the usage of western internet sites in the country.

The BBC has confirmed the news, which happened today, describing it as ‘deliberate censorship’. The BBC is complaining to the Chinese authorities about the blocking.

The site joins the list of many other western sites – including Twitter, YouTube and Facebook – which are already blocked in China.

BBC’s Asia bureau chief Jo Floto posted on Twitter that Chinese authorities often block out the BBC World Service during protests in Hong Kong.

The blocking came hours after a video of Hong Kong police beating and kicking a pro-democracy protester appeared online.

The BBC’s English-language site had been generally available since the 2008 Beijing Olympics, although other BBC services – including its Chinese-language website – have always been blocked.

“The BBC strongly condemns any attempt to restrict free access to news and information and we are protesting to the Chinese authorities,” said Peter Horrocks, the Director of Global News said. “This appears to be deliberate censorship”.

“The BBC provides impartial, trusted news to millions of people around the world, and attempts to censor our news services show just how important it is to get our accurate information to them”.

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