Uighurs can visit only two Chinese state websites

On those websites, services including comments or email are still blocked, the office said.

Uighurs can visit only two Chinese state websites

Twenty million residents in Uighur region who have been cut off from Internet and international phone services since deadly protests six months ago may now access two state-run websites.

Residents in the region what Uighurs call "East Turkistan" can visit xinhuanet.com, run by the state news agency Xinhua, and people.com.cn, the website of the People's Daily newspaper, according to the regional government information office.

On those websites, services including comments or email are still blocked, the office said.

Xinjiang cut off access to the Internet, international calls and text messaging after majority Han Chinese launched revenge attacks two days after Uighur protests in the capital city, Urumqi. The violence killed 197 people.

"They were vital tools used by ringleaders to instigate the riot in Urumqi," Yang Maofa, director of the regional telecommunications administration, told the China Daily.

Since "the overall social situation has become stable", the local government decided "to lift the ban" on Internet access with the approval of the central government, the office said.

Yang said authorities would soon reopen international calls and text messages, but gave no date.

Xinjiang, a name China imposed to Uighur region, has also allowed access to a limited number of official local sites, including the local government's website, which cannot be accessed from outside the region.


Reuters


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