Kurt McKee

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Blocked in China, you say?

Posted 30 October 2006 in censorship, china, and internet

My friend Dan recently emailed me to let me know that my domain is currently blocked in China. For some reason, the Chinese government is trying to keep its citizens from accessing my informed opinions about democracy , police brutality , Tiananmen Square , and freedom!

If you've had your head buried in the sand, the Chinese government has been doing this for a while. The idea is simple: keep the population from learning the truth about - quote - objectionable things. The Great Firewall of China isn't exactly implemented uniformly, however, so sometimes it is intermittently possible to access blocked websites, or occasionally you can access the site in another city. You can read more about China's internet censorship over at Wikipedia. The article is titled "Internet censorship in the People's Republic of China".

Sorry to all of my Chinese readers who aren't able to access Wikipedia.

Update: China lies and denies internet censorship. I would offer up a rebuttal, but nobody'll see it anyway.