Date
17 October 2017
The BBC website was blocked amid rising tensions between pro-democracy protesters and police in Hong Kong. Photo: Bloomberg
The BBC website was blocked amid rising tensions between pro-democracy protesters and police in Hong Kong. Photo: Bloomberg

China blocks BBC website amid rising tensions in Hong Kong

China has blocked the BBC website amid rising tensions between pro-democracy protesters and police in Hong Kong, Reuters reported, citing a statement from the British national broadcaster late on Wednesday.

The BBC said the move appeared to be “deliberate censorship”. Chinese censors have also blocked the New York Times and Bloomberg websites, along with the BBC’s Chinese language website.

“The BBC strongly condemns any attempts to restrict free access to news and information and we are protesting to the Chinese authorities. This appears to be deliberate censorship,” said Peter Horrocks, director of the BBC World Service Group.

“The BBC provides impartial, trusted news to millions of people around the world, and attempts to censor our news services show just how important it is to get our accurate information to them,” Horrocks added.

The BBC’s English-language website has been partially blocked in the last 90 days, and was only fully blocked on Wednesday, according to China-based anti-censorship group Greatfire.org.

The English-language website was still inaccessible in China on Thursday morning.

Beijing’s move came as a Chinese official told foreign media in Hong Kong on Wednesday that China has seen interference in the city’s pro-democracy protests from outside forces and called on international journalists to report “objectively”, the report said.

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