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RSF’s Chinese-language website reblocked; Apple i-Tunes website block lifted

(RSF/IFEX) - On 28 August 2008, Reporters Without Borders discovered that the Chinese-language version of its website, http://www.rsf.org/chinese , is inaccessible again in China. After changing its web hosting company, Reporters Without Borders had succeeded in making the site accessible inside China on 25 August.

"Our Chinese-language website was accessible in China for three days, which is about the time it takes to implement an Internet filter," Reporters Without Borders said. "Now that the Olympic Games are over, we fear that we will not be the only ones to be censored by the Chinese authorities."

The Chinese-language version of the BBC website ( http://news.bbc.co.uk/chinese/simp/hi/default.stm ), and the English-language versions of the Reporters Without Borders ( http://www.rsf.org ) and Amnesty International ( http://www.amnesty.org ) websites are still accessible. They were unblocked one week after the 8 August Olympic Games opening ceremony in Beijing.

The US company Apple's music store website iTunes ( http://www.apple.com/itunes ) became entirely accessible again in China on 26 August. The authorities had blocked some of its pages on 21 August because they were displaying "Songs for Tibet," a new album produced with contributions from well-known musicians that criticises Chinese policy in Tibet.

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