CNN Temporarily Blacked Out in China During Segment on NYT Hacking

CNN Temporarily Blacked Out in China During Segment on NYT Hacking

The news channel was blacked out by Chinese censors for six minutes 

Chinese censors temporarily blocked CNN International's broadcasting signal Thursday night, during a segment about Chinese hackers infiltrating the New York Times' computer network, a CNN spokeswoman told TheWrap.

 

On Wednesday night, the Times reported that it had suffered four months of persistent cyber attacks after publishing a front-page story about the wealth amassed by Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao's family. 

CNNI reporter Hala Gorani aired a segment on her show about the hacking on Thursday. Her entire six-minute segment was blacked out in China.

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It wasn't the first time CNN faced the wrath of Beijing's censors. Last May, Anderson Cooper's report on a blind dissident was blocked in the country.

Nor is it the first time CNN has been shunned by the Chinese. 

In 2009, a 23-year-old student name Rao Jin started a website called Anti-CNN.com, on which he skewered the network and other Western media outlets for critical coverage of the Chinese government's actions in Tibet.