China blocks Australian state broadcaster's website: ABC

China-Australia ties have been strained recently over Beijing's alleged interference in domestic politics
China-Australia ties have been strained recently over Beijing's alleged interference in domestic politics

China has blocked access to the website of Australia's national broadcaster for breaching Beijing's internet rules and regulations, ABC said on Monday.

It comes a year after the Australian Broadcasting Corporation began running a Chinese-language service.

ABC said to its and apps was blocked on August 22 and it has since been trying to find out why.

After repeated requests for clarification, an official from China's Office of the Central Cyberspace Affairs Commission dictated a statement to the broadcaster.

"We welcome internet enterprises from all over the world to provide good information to the netizens of China," said the official, who declined to give his name, according to ABC.

"However, state cyber sovereignty rights shall be maintained towards some overseas websites violating China's laws and regulations."

The official said these included websites "spreading rumours, pornographic information, gambling, violent terrorism and some other illegal harmful which will endanger state security and damage national pride".

ABC said it had not been told what laws it had violated or which content sparked the ban.

However, ties between Canberra and Beijing have been strained recently over allegations that China is interfering in Australia's domestic politics and using donations to gain access.

The claims infuriated China, which has dismissed local media stories—including by ABC—about infiltration as hysteria and paranoia.

The ABC also recently reported on Beijing's push into the Pacific through "soft diplomacy", which Australia and New Zealand fear could potentially upset the strategic balance in the region.

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Sep 03, 2018
Nameless, faceless apparatchik gives vague, nonsense reason for real world damage. This invites an 'easter egg hunt'! Is it 'this' that but kee the first it yet this 'other' censored item or about this.....warmer.....or that ......colder.

What is left is an idiotic 'romper room' that no one but an idiot would want. A way to shut down all criticism. Who cares anyway, just give listeners hacking instructions to go around them.

Sep 04, 2018
The ABC, like its progenitor, the BBC, attacks China at every opportunity with anonymous slanders and unsubstantiated allegations.

That's OK in our Roman world, it's just part of what we like to call 'press freedom', but it's not OK in the Confucian world, where sincerity is all.

There is a metric that lets us check to see which approach–Roman or Confucian–produces the best results and that is trust?

Does Roman-style gladiatorial reporting prove more accurate and trustworthy over time, or does the Confucian approach engender trust?

The answer, according to the Edelman Corporation (whose business it is to institutional measure trustworthiness around the world) is the latter. Edelman finds Chinese media overwhelmingly trustworthy while, according to the American Press Institute, "Just 6 percent of people say they have a lot of confidence in the media, putting the news industry about equal to Congress and well below the public's view of other institutions".

Sep 04, 2018
but it's not OK in the Confucian world, where sincerity is all.

Ahahahahaha....good one.

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