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China Completely Blocks British Broadcaster’s BBC Website Amidst Hong Kong … – Food World News

As the tension in Hong Kong continues to strengthen, Chinese censors have blocked BBC website Wednesday, Oct.15, to what the British national broadcaster claims as ‘deliberate censorship.’

As the tension in Hong Kong continues to strengthen, Chinese censors have blocked BBC website Wednesday, Oct.15, to what the British national broadcaster claims as ‘deliberate censorship.’ (Photo : YouTube)

Chinese censors have blocked BBC website Wednesday, Oct.15, to what the British national broadcaster claims as ‘deliberate censorship.’

Chinese censors have blocked BBC website Wednesday, Oct.15, to what the British national broadcaster claims as ‘deliberate censorship.’ (Photo : YouTube)

As the tension in Hong Kong continues to strengthen, Chinese censors have blocked BBC website Wednesday, Oct.15, to what the British national broadcaster claims as ‘deliberate censorship.’

BBC’s English language website was blocked by the Chinese communist party censors effective Wednesday and as of Thursday, Oct. 16, the website remains unreachable, according to Reuters.

“The BBC strongly condemns any attempts to restrict free access to news and information and we are protesting to the Chinese authorities,” stated Peter Horrocks, director of the BBC World Service Group. “This appears to be deliberate censorship.”

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Based on reports, the reason was unclear and what prompted Beijing to block the website. Aside from BBC, BBC’s Chinese-language website, New York Times, and the newswire Bloomberg were also blocked.

On Wednesday, a Chinese official reported to foreign media that China’s movement to block foreign websites can be rooted to the fact that China has been seeing intrusion of exterior forces in the current pro-democracy protests. China suggests international journalists to report ‘objectively.’

Beginning October, new rulings had been issued by the Chinese court on what ‘netizens’ can comment, say and do in the internet. This strategy of Beijing is allegedly done to control the popular opinion.

According to BBC, its English-language website has been accessible since 2008 Beijing Olympics. However, BBC World TV experiences sporadic blackouts when covering China stories. BBC Chinese-language news has been impeded since the beginning.

In 2010, BBC was blocked for the first time by China for a couple of days apparently concurring with the awarding ceremony for Nobel Peace Prize Chinese protester Liu Xiaobo. This was followed on April 2012 when BBC’s English-language was interrupted while covering activist Chen Guangcheng’s escape from house arrest.

BBC’s English-language website has been partly blocked from the last 90 days. The website was only completely blocked on Wednesday, according to Greatfire.org, China-based anti-censorship group.

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Hong Kong protests: China blocks BBC website – The Nation

Beijing- Chinese censors have blocked the website of Britain’s national broadcaster, the BBC said in a statement late on Wednesday, coming as tensions rise in Hong Kong between pro-democracy protesters and police.
The broadcaster said that the move seemed to be “deliberate censorship”. It did not say what may have prompted the move by Beijing, which also blocks the websites of the New York Times, newswire Bloomberg and the BBC’s Chinese language website.
“The BBC strongly condemns any attempts to restrict free access to news and information and we are protesting to the Chinese authorities. This appears to be deliberate censorship,” said Peter Horrocks, director of the BBC World Service Group. The BBC’s English-language website was still inaccessible in China today morning.
In Hong Kong, police used pepper spray early today to stop pro-democracy protesters from blocking a major road near the office of the city’s embattled leader amid public anger over the police beating a protester a day earlier.
Hong Kong is a Special Administrative Region of China.
A Chinese official told foreign media in Hong Kong on Wednesday that China had seen interference in the city’s pro-democracy protests from outside forces and called on international journalists to report “objectively”.
Earlier this month a Chinese court issued new rulings clamping down on what “netizens” can say and do online, a reflection of Beijing’s desire to influence popular opinion, both online and offline.
This is not the first time the BBC has been blocked in China. In 2010, the broadcaster’s website was blocked for several days, which coincided with the Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony for Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo.
According to China-based anti-censorship group Greatfire.org the BBC’s English-language website has been partially blocked in the last 90 days. It was only fully blocked on Wednesday.
“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,” added Horrocks.

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