August 25, 2008

China: Media Freedom Group’s Chinese-Language Site Unblocked

Text of report by Paris-based media freedom organization Reporters Sans Frontieres (RSF) on 25 August

The Chinese-language version of the Reporters Without Borders website became accessible in China today. Tests carried out in Beijing and Shangai showed that Chinese internet users can access the site at this address:

"We welcome the fact that Chinese internet users can access information about press freedom in their own language," Reporters Without Borders said. "But we do not know [how] much longer it will continue to be accessible. The websites of foreign news media and international NGOs have also been accessible since 1 August, while remaining blocked in the province of Tibet, which is the victim of online discrimination."

After learning that Olympic athletes had downloaded music from the "Songs for Tibet" album while in Beijing, the authorities blocked access to this album in the Apple online music store iTunes on 22 August. The Amazon page where the album can be bought has also been blocked since 22 August.

Originally published by Reporters Sans Frontieres press release, Paris, in English 25 Aug 08.

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