China: Google services blocked as party congress begins - company says it was not having any technical problems

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13 November 2012

Chinese Authorities Putting Pressure on Businesses to Help Censor the Web [China]

Author: Jonathan Ansfield, New York Times [US]

As the Chinese cyberpolice stiffened controls on information before the Communist Party leadership transition…some companies in Beijing and nearby cities received orders to aid the cause…Companies faced the threat of fines and suspended Internet service if they did not comply by prescribed deadlines… Several foreign companies quietly resisted the orders…[P]artial blocking has crippled access to Google and other sites…Some Internet providers have cut service for hours, citing “maintenance.” …Sina Weibo, the nation’s most popular microblogging site, has experimented with “semi-censorship,”…filtering search results for once-unsearchable terms…Hu Jintao, China’s departing leader…gave no sign of any relaxation in controls…

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9 November 2012

Google Is Blocked in China as Party Congress Begins

Author: Claire Cain Miller, New York Times

All Google services, including its search engine, Gmail and Maps, were inaccessible in China…the company confirmed. The block comes as the 18th Communist Party Congress, the once-in-a-decade meeting to appoint new government leadership, gets under way…The company said it was not having any technical problems, but did not say whether it believed its sites had been blocked by the government or were the victims of hacking…Google has had a particularly strained relationship with China. In 2010, the company…removed its Chinese language search engine from China and began redirecting traffic to the Hong Kong version of the search engine… [refers to YouTube (part of Google)]

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