China ‘blocks’ main Google site Ôºç BBC

 Media Images 41358000 Jpg  41358114 China Internet203Ap From BBC News:

Chinese authorities have blocked most domestic users from the main .com search engine, a media watchdog said.

Internet users in major Chinese cities faced difficulties accessing Google’s international site in the past week, Reporters Without Borders said.

But Google.cn, the controversial Chinese language version launched in January, has not been affected.

The site blocks politically sensitive material to comply with government censorship rules.

“It was only to be expected that Google.com would be gradually sidelined after the censored version was launched in January,” Reporters Without Borders said in a statement.

“Google has just definitively joined the club of Western companies that comply with online censorship in China,” the organisation said. [Full Text]

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