Tuesday, November 12, 2013

China's Global Times Deletes Article About Bloomberg Censoring Articles About China

On November 11, 2013, the state sponsored Global Times published an article entitled "Bloomberg Accused of 'Censoring Reports on China,' Analysts Say May be Fear of Offending China" (彭博社被指“审查对华报道”分析称或怕得罪中国). Some excerpts:
On November 8 the American New York Times published a report accusing another American news outlet - Bloomberg - of "censoring reports critical of China." The article cited statements from an unnamed employee of Bloomberg in Hong Kong as saying that at the end of last month during a phone conference an article written by him regarding the issue of private-public interests in China was ordered not to be published by Bloomberg editor Winkler. Winkler said that 'If we run the story, we’ll be kicked out of China."
UPDATE NOVEMBER 13, 2013: The story has now been deleted from all of the aforementioned pages. These screenshots show the before-and-after for Xinhua and Sina.

These screenshots were taken on November 11, and show that searches for "Bloomberg" (彭博社) on two of China's largest search engines and two of its largest Weibos were being censored.

For more on censorship of Bloomberg in China, see Bloomberg Interviews Baidu CEO, Baidu Continues to Censor Searches for Bloomberg's Web Site.

The New York Times article, entitled "Bloomberg News Is Said to Curb Articles That Might Anger China," can be found here - http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/09/world/asia/bloomberg-news-is-said-to-curb-articles-that-might-anger-china.html.