Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Google me this...

(By Jennifer Bosavage, ChannelWeb 2:39 PM EDT Mon. Mar. 17, 2008)
Bejing has banned access within China to YouTube and to Google News, in an apparent attempt to block coverage of riots and demonstrations in Tibet, according to several published reports.

Last week, protesters, mainly Tibetian monks, gathered to commemorate the 1959 uprising against Chinese rule that resulted in a number of Buddist clergy, including the Dalai Lama, into exile. The protests have become increasingly violent, with rioting that may have left as many as 80 people dead, some reports said. Chinese government reports have put that number closer to a dozen. YouTube andGoogle (NSDQ: GOOG) have been specifically targeted by the government and rendered inaccessible in an attempt to stop the spread of video footage and news coverage documenting the riots and protests.

A video entitled, "Protest in Lhasa (Tibet)," exemplifies the types of videos the Chinese government is trying to block. Posted to YouTube by a subscriber known as "Amdo2007," the video offers a minute and 15 second look at the scenes in the streets of Tibet today. >>>MORE

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