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Access to websites Dailymotion and Canalblog blocked

(RSF/IFEX) - Access to the French video-sharing website Dailymotion ( http://www.dailymotion.fr ) and the French blog-tool Canalblog ( http://www.canalblog.com ) has been blocked by the Chinese government.

Reporters Without Borders noted that more and more French sites were being blocked by the authorities in China, who "seem to be systematically filtering online services that have not negotiated their entry into the Chinese market. Internet giants such as Google, Microsoft and Yahoo! that have agreed to censor themselves will soon be the only ones offering their services to users," it said.

The US rival to Dailymotion, Youtube, which was recently bought by Google, is still accessible and the government has only blocked access to supposedly subversive material such as videos about the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre.

Google's blog-tool, Blogger ( http://www.blogger.com ), is still accessible, as is Microsoft's ( http://www.china.msn.com ). But the US firm Six Apart's Livejournal ( http://www.livejournal.com ) and the Reporters Without Borders blog-tool ( http://www.rsfblog.org ) are still blocked.

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