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China blocks 'Egypt' on top Twitter-like service

By Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 01:33 p.m. HST, Jan 29, 2011



BEIJING — China has blocked the word "Egypt" from the country's wildly popular Twitter-like service, while coverage of the political turmoil has been tightly restricted in state media.

China's ruling Communist Party is sensitive to any potential source of social unrest.

A search for "Egypt" on the Sina microblogging service brings up a message saying, "According to relevant laws, regulations and policies, the search results are not shown." The service has more than 50 million users.

News on the Egypt protests has been limited to a few paragraphs and photos buried inside major news websites, but China Central Television had a report on its midday broadcast.

China's Foreign Ministry did not respond to a request for comment Saturday on the events in Egypt.






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