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China blocks YouTube over Tibet videos

March 16, 2008

BEIJING – Internet users in China were blocked from seeing on Sunday after dozens of videos about protests in Tibet appeared on the popular U.S. video Web site.

Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, addresses a news conference ... 
You cannot see the Dalai Lama on YouTube in China….
Photo from Reuters

The blocking added to the communist government’s efforts to control what the public saw and heard about protests that erupted Friday in the Tibetan capital, Lhasa, against Chinese rule.

Access to, usually readily available in China, was blocked after videos appeared on the site Saturday showing foreign news reports about the Lhasa demonstrations, montages of photos and scenes from Tibet-related protests abroad.

There were no protest scenes posted on China-based video Web sites such as, and

Tibetan monks offer prayers to those killed in the ancient Tibetan ...
Tibetan monks offer prayers to those killed in the ancient Tibetan capital of Lhasa during the Chinese crackdown there on protestors at a monastery in Katmandu, Nepal, Sunday, March 16, 2008. China has stepped up security along its border with Nepal and has asked Nepalese officials to be on the lookout for pro-Tibet protests, officials said Sunday.(AP Photo/Binod Joshi)

The Chinese government has not commented on its move to prevent access to YouTube. Internet users trying to call up the Web site were presented with a blank screen.

Chinese leaders encourage Internet use for education and business but use online filters to block access to material considered subversive or pornographic.

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