Cory at BoingBoing was one of several folks to pick up this story. As he notes, the minister requesting the blocks is a bit out of touch, citing Google cooperation with filtering in China. Not sure how he missed all of the news coverage on Google’s recent change in stance with regards to China.
This move also bolsters a more charitable interpretation of Google’s motives for their decision about operations in China. It is consistent with their renewed commitment to an open internet and access for all. Another story like this and we’ll definitely be able to chart a trend.