China appears to have banned a number of foreign websites, including the BBC’s Chinese language news site and Voice of America in Chinese.
Chinese government spokesman told journalists that some sites contained content that violated Chinese law.
China imposes strict controls on the dissemination of information through the web, employing teams of people to remove sensitive content, police bloggers and remove access to certain sites.
The country is expected to face a tough year ahead – the dramatic slowing of economic growth and rising unemployment are expected to fuel social unrest, he says.
More censorship and increased internal security are expected in 2009, our correspondent adds.