China appears to be gearing up for the Nobel Prize ceremony on Friday by blocking access to the websites of the BBC, Norway's NRK and parts of CNN. The Chinese government is upset that imprisoned dissident Liu Xiaobo will be honored with the Nobel Peace Prize at the ceremony.
China has not said that it is intentionally blocking the news Web sites of the broadcasters but Chinese censors regularly black out some portion of CNN and BBC television broadcasts when sensitive political topics are covered. This happens even though CNN, BBC and other international television channels are largely limited to five-star hotels and luxury apartments that cater to foreigners.
In recent weeks, CNN and BBC television broadcasts have repeatedly gone dark in China during news segments about the Nobel Prize being awarded to Mr. Liu, only to reappear after the segment is completed.