CNN Temporarily Blacked Out in China During Segment on NYT Hacking

CNN International reporter Hala Gorani (Photo: CNN)

By Alexander C. Kaufman

LOS ANGELES ( – 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.

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, on which he skewered the network and other Western media outlets for critical coverage of the Chinese government’s actions in Tibet.

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