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China 3 May 2007

Launch of Chinese-language version of Reporters Without Borders website

Reporters Without Borders is launching a Chinese-language version of its website, rsf-chinese.org, to mark World Press Freedom Day on 3 May. It joins the English, French, Farsi, Arabic and Spanish-language versions of rsf.org, the world’s most visited press freedom website.

“In just over a year’s time, the eyes of the world will be turned towards Beijing, where the 2008 Summer Olympics will be taking place,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It is vital to give Chinese Internet users both inside and outside China the possibility to access detailed and objective information about press freedom in China.”

The organisation added: “We appeal to the Chinese authorities not to block rsf-chinese.org and to stop censoring Chinese-language news websites.”

Rsf-chinese.org will provide news and information in simplified Mandarin about press freedom in China and elsewhere in the world and about online censorship. The information available to visitors to the site will include the portraits of the world’s 34 Press Freedom Predators, the list of 13 Internet Enemies and the World Press Freedom Index.




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