- 25 Mar 08, 09:23 GMT
We're getting reports that the BBC News website is now accessible to people in China.
BBC staff have said they can access the website, and I've seen sporadic reports on Twitter, saying the same thing. In fact, I've seen one five-day old report on Twitter from a user saying he can access the BBC site inside China.
Until now people in China have only been able to access BBC News, as well as other restricted sites, by using a proxy server.
So the big question then is: Is this by design or by accident?
Commonsense would dictate that this is a deliberate unblocking of the domain, especially given the site appears to have been accessible for some time.
But why? Given the recent unrest in Tibet one would expect a tightening of control, not a loosening.
Is this the much anticipated opening up of China? It's far too early to say.
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