China bans Australian national news website

Chinese authorities are reported to have blacked out another international news broadcaster.

Australia’s national broadcaster, the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), says its website has not been available since August 22. In its own report on the action, the ABC said a Chinese official had told it that “the internet was fully open” but “state sovereignty rights” would be upheld.

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A Chinese official was quoted as saying that China had the right to take “technical measures” in cases of posts featuring pornography, illegal gambling, or any other material which would endanger state security.

In late 2017, the Chinese embassy in Canberra, the Australian capital, strongly criticized Australian politicians and media for “irresponsible remarks” without citing specific instances (BBC).

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Google has been officially blocked since 2010, and The New York Times and Bloomberg news sites have not been permitted since 2012. WikiTribune first reported that Beijing re-blocked the BBC’s websites, as well as its mobile app for the first time, in late July 2018.

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