China is doing what it does best in times of crisis â€“ block Internet access to control the flow of information. News and blogs report China has blocked Google News and YouTube to curb the distribution of video footages covering the violence happening in Tibet these days.
This trick is patterned after Myanmarâ€™s signature move of cutting off Internet access to control information gathered during the last protest against military activities staged by Burmese monks.
Several videos were uploaded at YouTube showing peaceful demonstrations and marching. But there is also a restricted video showing the actual riots and injured bodies during the demonstration in Tibet. Even though this brutal clip is restricted to 18 years old and above, it is the most viewed video with more than 80,000 hits to date.
Originally posted on March 17, 2008 @ 1:33 pm