Access to the BBC’s English language news site in China has been blocked, according to a statement released by the broadcaster.
The BBC says that other major news sites are functioning inside the country as per usual and cannot officially confirm the reason for the block of its site on this occasion.
“The BBC strongly condemns any attempts to restrict free access to news and information and we are protesting to the Chinese authorities. This appears to be deliberate censorship,” says Peter Horrocks, Director of Global News at the BBC.
“The BBC provides impartial, trusted news to millions of people around the world, and attempts to censor our news services show just how important it is to get our accurate information to them,” he adds.
The block of the site comes one day after the BBC published a video of police assaulting a pro-democracy protestor in Hong Kong. It’s been four years since an English BBC site was last blocked in China.
BBC’s Asia Bureau Chief, Jo Floto, who is usually based in Beijing tweeted today also:
Extra censorship in mainland China today. @bbcnews website blocked + usual practice of blacking out @BBCWorld during Hong Kong reports.
GreatFire.org, a site that tracks censorship in China, has reported on the blocking as well.