Monday, March 17, 2008

China Blocks YouTube over Tibetan Protests

Communist government in China is blocking YouTube over videos covering the recent protests in Tibet.

Users in China trying to access YouTube saw only a blank screen, since restrictions began. YouTube is generally easily available in China.

There were reports that people inside Tibet have been trying to share videos through YouTube after Beijing issued travel restrictions on foreign journalists entering Tibetan capital Lhasa.

The latest unrest began last Monday on the anniversary of a 1959 uprising against Chinese rule. Tibet was effectively independent for decades before communist troops entered in 1950.

Chinese in the past have used highly developed online filters, which is also referred as Great Firewall of China, to block access to materials considered to be subversive or pornographic.

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