China blocks news websites ahead of Liu Xiaobo Nobel award

December 9, 2010 by  
Filed under World

The news websites of the BBC, CNN and Norwegian state broadcaster NRK have been blocked on mainland China the day before Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo is to be awarded the Nobel peace prize.

Attempts to access the three broadcasters’ websites today were unsuccessful, with the message “Internet Explorer cannot display the web page” appearing on the screen according to the news agency AFP.

The ceremony honouring Liu – who is serving an 11-year sentence for “inciting subversion” – is due to take place in Norway’s capital Oslo tomorrow.

CNN confirmed its site was being blocked in China. The BBC has not responded to a request for comment at the time of publication. China’s foreign ministry has made no secret of its fury over the award since it was announced in October.

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