Press freedom in the news 12/17/08

China has blocked access to BBC and VOA Chinese Web sites, according to reports released yesterday. The Associated Press is covering the story with two releases today that both quote CPJ’s Bob Dietz, who said in a statement: “It’s clear that China has no intention of fulfilling the hopes it raised when it was awarded the 2008 Olympic Games that the Chinese media universe would enter a period of expansion.”  

The Tech Blog at Portfolio also has a posting on China’s renewed Web censorship, as does the Bosnian-based Fudzilla Web site.