Chinese government blocks the Guardian

China has completely blocked the Guardian website according to censorship tracking website Greatfire.org.

The website was first blocked on Tuesday. The Guardian has reported that “numerous attempts to access the site from multiple browsers, devices and locations across Beijing all failed without the aid of firewall-circumventing software.”

The government in China has a history of blocking websites which have highlighted the extraordinary wealth of some senior party members’ families, and has implemented permanent blocks on websites including the New York Times and Bloomberg, when they published in-depth reports in 2012.

However, the Guardian has said that reasons for the block on its website were unclear as no obviously inflammatory article had been published over the last few days.

The block may prove to be temporary. In November the Chinese government blocked Chinese language versions of the Wall Street Journal and Reuters, but both were unblocked shortly afterwards.

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