China bans the Toronto Star

The Toronto Star has been banned in China, according to reports from citizens living there.

The Star is among global news websites, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, HuffPost, The Guardian, NBC News and The Globe and Mail, which have been blocked by the Chinese government.

There are thousands of blocked sites, including those posting politically sensitive material, said Samuel Wade, deputy editor of China Digital Times, who studies censorship and surveillance in China.

China blocked CNN around June 4, the anniversary of the protests and deaths in Tiananmen Square in 1989. Usually, the network is accessible in the region. The block on CNN has since been lifted.