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BBC and VOA Web sites banned in China

Publisher Committee to Protect Journalists
Publication Date 16 December 2008
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In response to reports today that the BBC's Chinese language news site and Voice of America in Chinese have been banned in China, we issued this statement.

"It's clear that China has no intention of fulfilling the hopes it raised when it was awarded the 2008 Olympic Games that the Chinese media universe would enter a period of expansion. Instead, all we have seen is a continuation of the same narrow policies of official resistance and restriction of foreign and local media," said Bob Dietz, CPJ's Asia program coordinator.

December 16, 2008 12:33 PM ET

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