While we were busy spotting numerous foreign tech companies and departments being kicked out of the Chinese perimeter for a while now, it appears that China’s Great Firewall has once again swayed the chainsaw under the shadow of its unwavering censorship regime and has made Reuters English and Chinese websites inaccessible in China.
Though it clearly is yet an another dictatorship manoeuvre, you can do least to go against it since China has been very selective on the content it allow its users to see within Chinese boundaries. Reuters also happens to have the company of Bloomberg News, the New York Times and News Corp’s Wall Street Journal that falls into the same category of this brutal internet censorship drive.
A Reuters spokeswoman said in an emailed statement-
Reuters is committed to practicing fair and accurate journalism worldwide. We recognize the great importance of news about China to all our customers, and we hope that our sites will be restored in China soon.
China has not yet stated why the sites have been made inaccessible in the country but it is supposed that the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), the country’s Internet regulator may not have liked the content of the stories referring to some issues which Chinese government does not take lightly at all. CAC did not respond to any of the queries made by Reuters and continues to make both of its websites inaccessible.
Earlier, China blocked 50 websites and social media accounts citing varying instances of insubordinate behaviour that span from pornography to violation of rules.