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Access to RSF website blocked

(RSF/IFEX) - Reporters Without Borders has condemned the Chinese government's censorship of the Chinese-language version of its website,, as a result of which Internet users in China are deprived of information about press freedom.

On 25 May 2007, the site was moved to a new Internet Service Provider and within a few hours - RSF estimates between five and eight hours - access had again been blocked within China. The Chinese authorities very quickly blocked access when the site was first launched on 3 May.

The cyber-police clearly use detectors containing subversive and pornographic keyword filters to identify undesirable new sites. Regardless of the consequences for Chinese Internet users, any IP address linked to a website considered undesirable is blocked without any warning. Tens of thousands of Chinese web sites are currently inaccessible online as a result of such measures.

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