China Lifts Blocks on Some Western News Sites

freedom       2002-05-17 
China appears to have lifted long-standing blocks on the Web sites of several Western news organizations, which were accessible today through local Internet connections in Beijing and Shanghai.
There was no official announcement explaining why normally censored Web sites -- including those of Reuters, CNN and The Washington Post -- were accessible, some as early as Wednesday evening. Nor was there any immediate indication of a change in policy.