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China 30 May 2007

Access to Reporters Without Borders site blocked within hours after move to new web site server

Reporters Without Borders today condemned the Chinese government’s censorship of the Chinese-language version of its website, www.rsf-chinese.org, 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 web 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 www.rsf-chinese.org 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.




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