New York Times Website Blocked By China


It is not a new thing for China being criticized for isolating herself from the media. It's been reported lately, that the access to The New York Times has been blocked in China. People living in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou tried to access The New York Times and they received a message stating, "The Site is Not Available". However it's been noted that the site was accessible through Virtual Private Network (VPN).

The officials were rejecting to state anything and said they had no information on the case. Though the Foreign Ministry made a point and reminded that the China which gave a free rein to Internet before and during the Beijing Olympics in August, was within its rights to block websites with content illegal under Chinese law.

It is said that China regularly blocks sites it finds inappropriate. Especially those related to Tibet. AsiaWeek said, "Access to the Chinese-language versions of the BBC, Voice of America and Hong Kong media Ming Pao News and AsiaWeek were blocked early this month".

Readers need to know that, the China has the world's greatest number of internet users. In response to this fact, China has set up a team which keeps a keen eye on the web to remove any sensitive information and warn bloggers and the site owners who post anything against Chinese law.

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