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China blocks YouTube in effort to prevent Tibetans from posting to YouTube

China annexed Tibet in 1950, and Tibet became a formal province of China in 1959. Today, a half-century later, Tibetan resistors are no longer fighting with protests in the streets, but with protests on the internet.

Websites like YouTube allow protestors to post videos of the uprising against China and of reported retaliation by the Chinese army.

With these new videos capturing audiences in hundreds of thousands, China blocked access to YouTube within the country. Some of the video depict protestors being killed in uprisings across the Tibet Autonomous Region.

Chinese authorities claim only 16 protestors have been killed. The real number is unknown as a New York Times blog reports that no one is being allowed to confirm the number of dead. Despite the YouTube blockade by China, a number of videos depicting the violence in the region have made their way to YouTube.

YouTube has been targeted by some governments recently for different issues. In America the problem with YouTube is the posting of copyrighted videos, though the website has never faced a state-sanctioned shut down for this reason.

China isn’t the only government attempting to block YouTube. Pakistan accidentally cut off YouTube and its entire country from the internet in February of 2008 when it made a series of mistakes while attempting to stop its citizens from watching anti-Islamic videos featured on the website.

Other countries with critical views of its leadership or state religion have also imposed temporary sanctions against YouTube, including Iran, Thailand, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.  Iran and the United Arab Emirates are the only two other countries that still impose bans on YouTube content.



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RE: yet another block on freedom speach
By Lord 666 on 3/17/2008 5:52:11 PM , Rating: 3
Yeah, the Dali Lama spent some time at "the Farm" as an fierce Tibetian fighter monk instructor.

His other objective is to brainwash the US into wearing orange.

/stupidity


RE: yet another block on freedom speach
By dsx724 on 3/17/2008 10:30:08 PM , Rating: 3
RE: yet another block on freedom speach
By krwhite on 3/18/2008 5:24:31 PM , Rating: 2
These folks do NOT deserve the Olympics. Period.


RE: yet another block on freedom speach
By dsx724 on 3/18/2008 6:07:20 PM , Rating: 3
Very few countries do, least the USA. We scream human rights at our convenience. We have destroyed more democracies around the world than any organization in history. Culture killing is second nature to us. We turn away and let our CIA continue their work. We violate our own domestic and foreign accords to protect the wants of our wealthy.
There is no greater stigma than being an American after 9/11.

To quote Hermann Göring some 60 odd years ago:
"Naturally the common people don't want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. ...Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country."


"I'm an Internet expert too. It's all right to wire the industrial zone only, but there are many problems if other regions of the North are wired." -- North Korean Supreme Commander Kim Jong-il

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