China blocks search engines of popular Chinese portals – AFP
From AFP, via smh.com.au:
Chinese authorities have blocked the search engines of two of the country’s most popular web portals as part of their efforts to censor the Internet.
The search engines at Sina.com and Sohu.com have been shut down since noon Monday. Searches conducted on Tuesday brought up messages saying the sites were undergoing upgrades.
“As of yesterday noon, all the databases have been in a state of closure because relevant government Internet supervision departments were censoring our databases,” a member of customer service staff at Sina.com told AFP.
“It affects not just Sina, but Sohu as well, so our search engines are not in use,” said the staff member, declining to give her name. [Full Text]