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James Reynolds | 16:20 UK time, Thursday, 31 July 2008

China never announces the unblocking of websites. So, you have to click around every day to see which sites are jammed and which sites may have quietly been unblocked.

BBC Chinese.comIt's pretty a mundane thing to do (click, wait, blocked, click, wait, blocked) but worth doing - because things seem to be changing all the time. China's coming under pressure to fulfil its promise of complete freedom for reporters covering the Olympic Games.

On Wednesday - we clicked on the BBC's Chinese language website, and got the message "This page cannot be displayed." (We also got the same message when we tried to get into the websites of the Falun Gong spiritual movement and Amnesty International.)

This afternoon, we checked again. We clicked on the BBC's Chinese language website - and we got in. We then tried the Chinese version of Wikipedia and got in as well - we even accessed the entry about the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests - a subject that the government usually censors. But Amnesty and Falun Gong are still blocked.

So, as the Olympics get closer, we'll continue to click around every day to see which websites we can get into, and which are still jammed.

If you live in China, I'd be interested to know how you get on.


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