The BBC said access to its English-language website is being blocked across China by authorities there in an act of “deliberate censorship.”

The company said it was the English-language site has generally not been blocked from Chinese readers, though its Chinese-language site and other services, such as BBC World TV, have been blocked sporadically, especially when reporting on sensitive stories in China.

“The BBC provides impartial, trusted news to millions of people around the world, and attempts to censor our news services show just how important it is to get our accurate information to them,” said BBC Global News Director Peter Horrocks.