China 'blocks' Youtube access

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Beijing, Mar 25: China blocked access to Google-owned popular video sharing site, YouTube since Monday, Mar 23 after Beijing denounced footage appearing to show security forces beating Tibetans in Lhasa in 2008 as 'a lie'.

The govt-in-exile said the video showed the brutal beating of Tibetan protesters and the wounds of a young man called Tendar. It alleged he was detained for attempting to stop police beating a monk, and later died of his injuries.

Chinese traffic to the site saw a sharp dip on Monday, Mar 23 and almost all the traffic had stopped by Tuesday, Mar 24 and is still the same.

The video sharing website Youtube has said it is working to restore access for users in China after the Chinese government apparently imposed a block on its service.

However, these kinds of blocks and censorships were usually observed during times of heightened political tension or when Chinese bloggers or 'anti-China elements' post stuff on the Internet, which the Government feels it will mar national security and integrity and is better to be kept away from its citizens.

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