China Blocks YouTube over Tibet Protest Videos

19 March 2008

BEIJING: Chinese censors blocked domestic access to the YouTube website at the weekend after users posted videos of demonstrations in Tibet.

The Beijing regime has attempted to maintain a stranglehold on news about anti-Chinese protests in the capital Lhasa. Videos on YouTube showed violent clashes between demonstrators and police.

Many other media outlets have also been blocked or partially blacked out, including CNN, the BBC and Google news.

In January, the Chinese government tried to impose a rule that only state-run companies could post videos to the web.

The attempt was abandoned after a week of intense lobbying, when the authorities conceded that the new laws did not apply to existing web sites.

Data sourced from Wall Street Journal Online; additional content by WARC staff