New York, April 2, 2010—The denial of service attack on the Foreign Correspondents' Club of China (FCCC) Web site is contributing to an atmosphere in which journalists feel their communication is not secure and their reporting is under threat, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.
The FCCC confirmed in an e-mailed statement today that it
has shut down its Web
site because of denial-of-service attacks, and that the attacks apparently
came from computers within China
and in the United States.
Denial-of-service attacks can be intentionally generated when many users try to
connect to a Web site simultaneously, overwhelming the server that hosts the
“We do not know who is behind these attacks or what their
motivation is,” the FCCC’s statement said.
As part of a report on Wednesday on attacks
on foreign correspondents’ Yahoo e-mail accounts in China, CPJ
reported that the site was unavailable, apparently due to a shutdown.
“We are concerned about the hostile environment this creates
for foreign journalists in China
and the potential risk it poses to their sources,” said Bob Dietz, CPJ’s Asia program coordinator. “Journalists working in China are
increasingly concerned about online communication and the implications Web
interference has for their reporting.”
The FCCC’s membership is made up of many of the foreign
correspondents working in the country, though it is not officially recognized
by the Chinese government.
March 22, search engine Google rerouted users in China
to its uncensored Hong Kong site, after
it decided to no longer censor search results to users in China. CPJ
welcomed the decision.