China – Access to Reporters Without Borders site blocked …

… blocked within hours after move to new web site server.

Published on CNW group, May 31, 2007.

… Reporters Without Borders today condemned the Chinese government’s censorship of the Chinese-language version of its website,, as a result of which Internet users in China are deprived of information about press freedom.

On 25th May, the site was moved to a new Iweb site server and within a few hours – we estimate between five and eight hours – access had again been blocked within China. The Chinese authorities very quickly blocked access when the site was first launched on 3 May.

The cyber-police clearly used detectors containing subversive and pornographic keyword filters to identify undesirable new sites. Regardless of the consequences for Chinese Internet users, any IP address linked to a website considered undesirable is blocked without any warning. Tens of thousands of Chinese web sites are currently inaccessible online as a result of such measures … (full text).

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