China Blocks Australian Broadcasting Corporation
By M. Grace, September 04, 2018 04:09 AM
China blocked access to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) sites. ABC said users from China were blocked from visiting the site and its apps since two weeks ago.
In response, Chinese regulators told ABC that the site had broken China's law but did not specify any violations.
China is known to operate on a strict internet censorship and often blocks access to foreign sites if they publish contents it does not want its people to see. Both BBC News and the New York Times websites are currently unavailable in China.
"The ABC's website and apps are usually accessible to Chinese web users and are not subject to the 'Great Firewall' of censorship, but access was abruptly stopped on August 22," journalists Bill Birtles and Matthew Carney wrote.
The broadcaster said that China did not confirm the exact reason for the ban.
An official at the Office of the Central Cyberspace Affairs Commission told the journalists that China's internet is fully open and that they welcome internet enterprises from around the globe to provide good information to the people of China.
"However, state cyber sovereignty rights shall be maintained towards some overseas websites violating China's laws and regulations, spreading rumors, pornographic information, gambling, violent terrorism and some other illegal harmful information which will endanger state security and damage national pride," the official added.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that the ban for the site was an issue for China as the country make decisions about what happens in there. He added that he will also make decisions on what happens in his country.
It can be recalled that ABC launched a Chinese-language version of its news site last year.
More from CCD
A Chinese translation version of "the best biography of Samuel Pollard" was published.
Dalian, located in the southernmost part of Northeast China, witnessed the complex situation in Northeast Asia spanning/from the late 19th century to the early 20th century.
The Amity Foundation, together with the Snowland Great Rivers Environmental Protection Association, launched an aid project for the Yushu snow disaster areas in order to help the herding families pull through.
Strengthened by emergency food, 700 families displaced by violence in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo) are preparing to plant crops and to raise pigs to support themselves.
On January 22, 2019, the Hungarian Embassy in Shanghai hosted a new year concert in Shanghai Moore Memorial Church, according to the WeChat account of "Shanghai Christianity".
A symposium on foreign Christians' worshipping was organized by the Shanghai Bureau of Ethnic and Religious Affairs and the Shanghai China Christian Council (CCC) & Three-Self Patriotic Movement (TSPM) and held on January 1, 2019.
A miracle occurred after a dangerous gas explosion rocked Russia on Monday.
Learn the contents of the Pope's New Year Address for 2019.
New railway lines will be seen in China this year according to the national railway operators.
Chinese President Xi Jinping sends a US President Donald Trump a special message as part of the 40th anniversary of US-Chinese relations.