03 June, 2009

China blocks websites ahead of Tiananmen anniversary

The use of technology to gather and unite the masses…

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Time is GMT + 8 hours

Posted: 3-Jun-2009 11:19 hrs

People surf the Internet in Jinan, in eastern China's Shandong province. China is blocking access to Microsoft's new search engine, Bing, and its Hotmail email service, the company said, two days ahead of the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown.

"China's decision to block these sites today represents the latest salvo in a relentless campaign to erase the past," executive director Jennifer Windsor said in a statement.

"China is blocking sites like Twitter and Flickr because they provide a means for people to circumvent government control and mobilize dissent."

China's foreign correspondents' association on Tuesday condemned moves by authorities in Beijing to block reporting in the run-up to the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown.

The Foreign Correspondents' Club of China (FCCC) said it had received at least three reports of authorities blocking reporting at Tiananmen Square and intimidating journalists or their sources.

The country's communist leadership sent soldiers to forcibly clear the square and surrounding areas on the night of June 3-4, 1989, ending seven weeks of protests calling for political reforms.

Hundreds, possibly thousands, were killed in the crackdown, which remains a taboo subject in China. — AFP

From TODAYOnline.com; see the source article here.


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