The blocking of YouTube
The Initiative noted that Chinese government has not provided an explanation of whether YouTube is officially blocked, what content is at issue, or on whose authority the blocking was imposed. The blocking appeared to begin on Monday, CNN reported.
The Initiative's statement said, in part:
This incident is only the latest example of increasing threats to freedom of expression around the world. Responding to such threats requires collaboration among a broad spectrum of companies, civil society organizations, investors, and academics, working with governments and multilateral organizations that support international human rights and the rule of law.
Worldwide, the group said, YouTube has been blocked more than a dozen times by governments that are "falling short of human rights principles in troubling ways."