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China's Google Blockage
From http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/5055170.stm , today:
China 'blocks' main Google site
Chinese authorities have blocked most domestic users from the main
Google.com search engine, a media watchdog said.
Internet users in major Chinese cities faced difficulties accessing
Google's international site in the past week, Reporters Without
But Google.cn, the controversial Chinese language version launched in
January, has not been affected.
The site blocks politically sensitive material to comply with
government censorship rules.
"It was only to be expected that Google.com would be gradually
sidelined after the censored version was launched in January,"
Reporters Without Borders said in a statement.
"Google has just definitively joined the club of Western companies
that comply with online censorship in China," the organisation said.
Google.com, the search engine's uncensored international site, had
previously been available to Chinese web users, but problems
accessing the site had been reported across the country recently. It
was blocked nationwide on 31 May, the statement said.
The blocking was also being extended to Google News and Google Mail,
Reporters Without Borders said.
A spokeswoman for Goggle in Beijing said that the problem was under
The spokeswoman, Cui Jin, said she could not give any more information.
On Tuesday, Google co-founder Sergey Brin defended his company's
decision to launch the censored Google.cn service, a move which drew
"We felt that perhaps we could compromise our principles but provide
ultimately more information for the Chinese and be a more effective
service," he said.
"Perhaps now the principled approach makes more sense."
In addition to Google, US companies Microsoft, Yahoo and Cisco
Systems have also been accused of accommodating China's demands on
censorship in return for access to its huge internet market.
The Chinese government's internet filtering is some of the most
sophisticated in the world.
Content considered to be a threat, including references to the
Tiananmen Square massacre and notable dissidents, is blocked.
Chinese authorities have also stepped up measures against software
designed to bypass internet censorship, the Reporters Without Borders