China blocks access to Bloomberg and Businessweek sites
Posted in: Censorship at 30/06/2012 14:15
Web users in mainland China are unable to access Bloomberg's websites, after they were blocked by local authorities.
The news agency thinks the move is a response to an article published about the fortunes of Vice President Xi Jinping's extended family.
China has repeatedly blocked sensitive stories. Two days ago, the New York Times' social media accounts were suspended for several hours.
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