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Reuters Websites Blocked In China

A new temporary sign is displayed on the Thomson Reuters building in Canary Wharf in London, on April 17, 2008. Thomson Reute
A new temporary sign is displayed on the Thomson Reuters building in Canary Wharf in London, on April 17, 2008. Thomson Reuters Corp launched on the London stock market on Thursday, creating the world's biggest provider of financial data to trading floors and overtaking US rival Bloomberg. Thomson Reuters was formed after Canada's Thomson Corp bought British-based media and information group Reuters for 8.7 billion pounds (11.5 billion euros, 17 billion dollars) in a deal which was completed on Thursday. AFP PHOTO/SHAUN CURRY (Photo credit should read SHAUN CURRY/AFP/Getty Images)

BEIJING (Reuters) - The news websites of Reuters, including those in English and Chinese, were inaccessible in China on Friday, after users first experienced difficulties accessing them late on Thursday.

The websites of Bloomberg News, the New York Times and News Corp's Wall Street Journal have all been inaccessible in China for some time.

It was not immediately clear why users were hindered from using the Reuters sites.

The websites of some major news organizations, including Reuters, have at times become inaccessible in China in whole or part, often after the publication of stories on issues about which the Chinese government is sensitive.

The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), the country's Internet regulator, did not immediately respond to a written request for comment.

"Reuters is committed to practicing fair and accurate journalism worldwide. We recognize the great importance of news about China to all our customers, and we hope that our sites will be restored in China soon," a Reuters spokeswoman said in an emailed statement.

Reuters is the news division of Thomson Reuters Corp. Thomson Reuters also sells financial news and data services to clients in China. These services remained available.

(Reporting by Jason Subler; Editing by Jean Yoon and Neil Fullick)