FC: China reportedly blocks CNN, BBC satellite broadcasts

From: Declan McCullagh (declanat_private)
Date: Mon Nov 11 2002 - 11:51:05 PST

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    See also, from last year:
    "China unblocks news sites as leaders gather"
    "Probing the Great Firewall of China, courtesy of the Berkman Ctr"
    From: Tuyet A Tran
    To: declanat_private
    Date: Mon, 11 Nov 2002 13:30:05 -0500
    Subject: [Please Remove my e-mail address, if you're fwd.]  China partially 
    blacks out BBC and CNN
    Hi Declan,
    This article might be of interest to you or other politech subscribers.
    Chinese authorities intermittently blacked out broadcasts by CNN and the 
    BBC on satellite feeds to hotels and foreign compounds in the capital on 
    The disruptions came as Communist leaders held a week-long party congress 
    that is expected to anoint a new generation of leaders. Security for such 
    events is intense, and state-run local media have been instructed to limit 
    controversial or negative news.
    Authorities blocked CNN file footage of an interview with dissident Fang 
    Jue and a brief mention of Falun Gong, banned by the government in 1999 as 
    an "evil cult", during a feature about the search among Chinese for 
    spiritual solace, said CNN Beijing bureau chief, Jaime FlorCruz.
    He said the blacked-out segment mentioned that Falun Gong had attracted 
    millions of followers before it was banned and showed footage of its 
    members going through their exercise-meditation routines.
    There were also reports that segments of BBC news broadcasts directed at 
    Beijing viewers had also been blocked out since the congress began Friday. 
    Government censors can use a delay of several seconds between the times the 
    signal is received by the government's satellite, Sinosat,and the time it 
    is relayed to earth stations and viewers in hotels and
    compounds for foreigners.
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