After Reuters News was blocked from Refinitiv Eikon platform, new information is coming in that China added CNN to its list of censored platforms.
We have it on authority that China has also blocked CNN’s websites on historic day commemorating the Tianamen Square massacre. The massacre which was as a result of students protest against the government led to the deaths of many protestors.
Earlier today, we reported that Blackstone LLP’s Refinitiv is said to have removed all news stories on Tianamen dated back to about 30 years for Eikon data platform users in China.
China has over time ensured all news stories on the topic Tianamen crackdown were censored from its news space and media coverage.
In a statement by Reuters News, Refinitiv was said have have been ordered by the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), which controls online speech, threatened to suspend the company’s service in China if it did not comply, said Reuters News quoting people with the knowledge of the matter.
The financial data platform was formerly called Thomson Reuters Eikon, Refinitiv was formed last year when Reuters News’ parent company Thomson Reuters Corp sold a 55% stake in its Financial & Risk (F&R) unit to a group led by private equity firm Blackstone Group LP.
“Refinitiv is a financial markets news and data provider in China. We are proud of the role we play in the world to facilitate transparent and efficient financial markets,” the company said in an emailed statement to Reuters.
“As a global business, we comply with all our local regulatory obligations, including the requirements of our license to operate in China.”
However, CNN is expected to make official statement on the matter.
CNN is owned by Times Warner, a division of AT&T.