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China Blocking Access to Google News Site - Watchdog

Lisa Minter (
Wed, 1 Dec 2004 11:44:18 EST

BEIJING (Reuters) - China is blocking access to the Web site Google
News, media watchdog Reporters Without Borders said on Tuesday, and
accused the U.S.-based company of being complicit by filtering its
Chinese-language site.

The Paris-based group said the government had been blocking Google's
English-language Web site ( for about 10 days,
after the company launched a Chinese-language version that removed
politically sensitive reports.

Attempts by Reuters to access the site in China on Tuesday resulted in
a search freeze.

"China is censoring Google News to force Internet users to use the
Chinese version of the site which has been purged of the most critical
news reports," Reporters Without Borders said in a statement.

"By agreeing to launch a news service that excludes publications
disliked by the government, Google has let itself be used by Beijing,"
it said.

Google News launched it its Chinese version in September and agreed
not to list certain news on the site, Reporters Without Borders said.

The practice is also common to popular Chinese Web portals, including, and, which patrol their sites to delete
politically sensitive comments.

China's Internet market is expected to grow to 111 million subscribers
by year-end and is considered a medium for free expression, but the
government has in past jailed people for Web postings.

It has also created a special cyber police force to monitor sites,
servers and registrars.

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