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YouTube Access Blocked in China After Tibet Protest Video Clips Appear

Posted by Author on March 17, 2008


AFP, Mar 16, 2008-

BEIJING (AFP) — Access to YouTube in China was denied on Sunday after footage of recent deadly protests in Tibet appeared on the video posting site.

Attempts to call up the site met with a blank screen and an error message saying the web page could not be displayed.

The access problems came after video clips began appearing on the site showing violent unrest in the Tibetan capital Lhasa that triggered a virtual lockdown of the city by security forces.

China, which strictly controls access to information, has kept a tight lid on news out of Lhasa, with foreign journalists being denied access and foreign tourists ordered out of the city.

The only footage broadcast by state-run media so far has been a short clip showing Tibetan rioters in the city destroying Chinese shops, but nothing has been released on the resulting crackdown by police.

China’s official death count puts the toll at 10, but the India-based Tibetan government-in-exile says at least 80 deaths have been confirmed.

China also has been regularly blacking out the domestic feed of CNN whenever it runs a story about the Tibet unrest.

Access to popular Chinese-language video posts such as tudou.com were operational on Sunday but a search for videos of the Tibet violence came back with no results.

In late January, China introduced new restrictions on posting online video that critics saw as an extension of the Communist Party’s tight noose on the nation’s media outlets.

Amid China’s information clampdown, the Internet has provided a rare window into the situation, with amateur video and pictures popping up on websites around the world.

Original report from AFP

Posted in censorship, China, Incident, Internet, Lasa, Law, News, Politics, Protest, Social, SW China, Technology, Tibet, website, World, youtube | 1 Comment »

China Announces Censorship Of Internet Video Starting From January 31

Posted by Author on January 4, 2008


Andy Greenberg, The Forbes, 01.03.2008 –

Enjoy your streaming videos while you can, Chinese YouTube fans. The Chinese government announced new rules Thursday that could block all but a few video sites from reaching Chinese viewers. The regulations, posted to Web sites of China’s State Administration of Radio, Film and Television and the Ministry of Information Industry, require that effective Jan. 31, all online video outlets avoid politically or morally objectionable content and obtain a government-issued permit.

While the statute could limit online video to state-controlled media sites and ban foreign-owned video-hosting sites like YouTube and MySpace, it may also go unenforced, serving more as a threat to coerce video-hosting sites to police themselves. Rather than banning sites like YouTube altogether, says Ben Edelman, a professor at Harvard Business School and an Internet filtering researcher, Beijing’s new rules may be “a shot across the bow.”

Because the government lacks the technology to filter video as selectively as it filters text, Edelman says, it may hope to scare sites into censoring the content that the government wants banned. That digital contraband would include politically sensitive messages about racial minorities and human rights as well as sexual images. “Would the government actually block all video sites, save for registered sites, in one fell swoop?” he asks. “Maybe not. Their goals are just as well served by the threat.”

MySpace China, a Chinese-language version of the News Corp. (nyse: NWS – news – people ) social networking site, already practices some degree of self-censorship. The site has been criticized by bloggers for demanding that users report one another when they spot posts with objectionable political content. Its terms of service prohibit members from discussions that would “leak state secrets or undermine the government,” or “spread rumors and disturb the social order.” MySpace China, however, hosts no video. Neither MySpace China nor its U.S.-based counterpart could be reached for comment. It remains to be seen whether the original MySpace, one of the most popular U.S. video sites, would follow MySpace China’s self-censorship model to obey the Chinese government’s new rule.

Would YouTube, which is owned by Google (nasdaq: GOOG – news – people ), be willing to censor content to comply with tightened Chinese regulations? “We obey local laws wherever we have local sites,” says YouTube spokesperson Ricardo Reyes. In fact, YouTube does host a Hong Kong site, which would fall under Chinese law. But its terms of service do not contain the political prohibitions included in MySpace China’s terms of service.

If foreign video sites are forced to cooperate with a repressive regime rather than lose their Chinese audience, they could face the same public relations disasters as other tech companies that have ventured into China. Google, for instance, was pilloried by human rights groups for censoring search results on its Chinese site in January 2006. And last October, after Yahoo! (nasdaq: YHOO – news – people ) handed e-mail information over to the Chinese government that helped jail a dissident journalist, the company’s chief executive was denounced as a “moral pygmy” in front of a U.S. congressional subcommittee and forced to apologize publicly to the journalist’s mother.

But whether the new regulations are actually a tacit order to censor content is still unclear. John Palfrey, a Harvard Law professor and researcher at the Open Net Initiative, worries that video sites without government ties could be wiped out altogether in preparation for the public relations battles surrounding the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. “This could be bad news for free speech and bad news for economic development,” says Palfrey. “And it could make it very hard for Web 2.0 businesses to compete in China.”

In fact, no one outside of the Chinese government–least of all the affected sites themselves–knows to what degree the tightened regulations will be enforced or how complicated it will be for video sites to get government permits. A statement from YouTube expresses, above all, bewilderment. “China’s new regulations for online video could be a cause for concern, depending on the interpretation,” it reads. “Like other companies, we are studying the new rules.”

Original report from the Forbes: China Clamps Down On Internet Video

Posted in Asia, Business, censorship, China, Company, Entertainment, Freedom of Speech, Gaming, Google, Human Rights, Internet, Internet User, Law, Life, Media, Music, News, People, Politics, Social, Technology, website, World, youtube | 2 Comments »

China: YouTube Inaccessible and Google Partially Blocked

Posted by Author on October 19, 2007


Reporters Without Borders, 19.10.2007-

Reporters Without Borders today accused the Chinese government of blocking access to part of the Internet during the Communist Party’s 17th congress, which began on 15 October. Google’s blog search engine (http://www.blogsearch.google.com) and the video-sharing website YouTube have been inaccessible since 17 October.

“It is disturbing that these problems are taking place during the party congress,” the press freedom organisation said. “The blocking of these sites comes at a perfect time for the government. Blogs and video-sharing sites such as YouTube offer ways for Internet users to share situations they may have encountered during the congress. Preventing Chinese citizens from having access to them forces them to rely on the national media for their information. It so happens that on 15 October, the front pages of all the national newspapers were virtually identical.”

Anyone trying to use Google’s blog search engine is automatically redirected to Baidu.com, the Chinese search engine launched in 2004 that is highly censored. Reporters Without Borders calls on ISPs and Baidu itself to explain why this is happening.

The press freedom organisation criticised a similar switching arrangement in 2002, which was put in place at the behest of the Public Security Department by ISPs linked to the state telecommunications company China Telecom.

The situation with YouTube is different. The site is simply inaccessible. Any attempt to access it yields the message: “The server is taking too long to respond.” This is the first time YouTube has been blocked this year. Bought up by Google last year, YouTube had until now been constantly accessible even when access to its French counterpart, Dailymotion was blocked. Bloggers can still access it using censorship-evading proxy software but the latest videos are not available.

Dailymotion, on the other hand, is currently accessible.

China is one of the world’s most repressive countries as regards the Internet. A survey issued by Reporters Without Borders on 10 October revealed that five government and Communist Party entities control the flow of information online, both before and after it has been published. China is the world’s biggest prison for cyber-dissidents, with 50 currently detained.

Read the report abut Internet censorship in China

Original report from  Reporters Without Borders

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Video Report: The Hardest ‘Nail House’ in China

Posted by Author on March 29, 2007


Video report came out on Youtube showing the most latest progress of the case of the hardest ‘Nail House’ in China’s Chongqing City and the interview with house’ owner’s wife Wu Ping.

5 parts of videos dated Mar. 22, 2007 available from Youtube user newsrencn.

Part 2 : situation of the Nail House and residents’ feedback

“In China’s former disputes surrounding land seizure and house demolition, the strong developer always seemed to be the winner, and few house dwellers can mount a resistance to such an extent. That’s why Yang and his house have become such a national talking point. ” – The Hardest ‘Nail House’ in China

Part 5: interview with house’ owner’s wife Wu Ping

Other parts of videos:

Part1     part3       part4

Related report:
The Hardest ‘Nail House’ in China (Photo), 2007-03-25

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