China Blocks 'Egypt' Search Term

Media offers limited coverage of protests
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jan 31, 2011 8:40 AM CST
In this Jan. 15, 2010 file photo, people use computers at an Internet cafe in Fuyang, in central China's Anhui province.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – As protests continue to rage across Egypt, Chinese authorities have blocked Internet searches for the country’s name in its microblogging services. Big portals like and have been offering the Twitter-like services, but a search for "Egypt" on returns this message: "According to relevant laws, statues and policies, the search results cannot be displayed."

Chinese media coverage of the protests has been minimal, with many newspapers printing similar, state-provided reports and glossing over the causes of the unrest as well as news of government corruption and rising prices in Egypt. Instead, coverage focuses on the protests’ economic fallout, the Los Angeles Times reports.

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