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China Tries to Thwart News Reports From Tibet

March 19, 2008

March 18, 2008

BEIJING — The Chinese government is restricting foreign journalists from
entering Tibet and neighboring areas, and blocking some news, video and
Internet reports about the protests there from appearing inside China,
according to journalists working here.

For the past few days, CNN, the BBC, Google News, Yahoo and YouTube have
been blocked or have faced temporary blackouts or service disruptions in
some parts of China. Some foreign journalists also say their e-mail
service has been disrupted.

Such measures are not unusual here. China strictly censors news that
appears in the Chinese media and occasionally disrupts the activities of
international news organizations and foreign Web sites operating in
China, particularly if the content they are distributing is deemed
politically offensive to the government.

The Foreign Correspondents Club of China issued a statement on Monday
calling for China to immediately allow foreign journalists access to
Tibet, which is in far western China. The organization, made up of
foreign journalists based here, said Beijing had failed to honor its
promise that before and during the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, it
would allow foreign reporters greater freedoms to report in China.
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