China temporarily blacks out CNN


Following recent news reports that Chinese hackers believed to be affiliated with the Chinese government had attacked the New York Times and other American media outlets, worldwide media organizations devoted extensive coverage to the attacks.

Except in China.

Viewers of the news there have been left in the dark as to what - if anything - happened. CNN International covered the story, but found out that Chinese censors had blocked their report when it aired, going as far as the cut the signal.

"Yes, our CNNI signal was blocked in China while we reported on the New York Times hacking story," said a CNN spokesperson, without going into further detail. China also blocked CNN in May, when Anderson Cooper reporter about a blind dissident in China. 

China has a history of blocking TV programs that go against what the country stands for or paint it in a negative light. One of the biggest examples of this are telecasts from Hong Kong that are critical of China, which are censored with tourism information from China when they air.

Stories about the Dahli Lama are usually censored in this manner, as well.

The piece on China's alleged hacking was done by the network's Hala Gorani, with her talking about the hacking for six minutes. The report said that that the newspaper was hacked for four months following publication of a story about the fortune of Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao. 

None of the segment aired in China.



Written by: Hamatosan
Feb 1st, 2013, 7:51 pm

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