China Blocks CNN, BBC Ahead of Nobel Ceremony

It's standard policy for Beijing on sensitive subjects
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 9, 2010 2:27 PM CST
Protestos scream for the freedom of Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo Thursday Dec. 9, 2010 outside te Chinese Embassy in Oslo, Norway.   (AP Photo/John McConnico)

(Newser) – Beijing appears to be blocking foreign media, with CNN, the BBC and a Norwegian news organization blacked out on the mainland the day before the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony. China hasn't stated it is doing so intentionally, but CNN and the like are frequently blacked out when dealing with sensitive political topics, notes the New York Times. And the honoring of famed dissident Liu Xiaobo certainly qualifies as sensitive.

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