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Blog-city Blocked in China?

From yesterday afternoon, blog-city, a famous BSP is beginning to be blocked in China. Now it was still under filter by GFW, the project to detect key words and block websites . By using proxy blog-city is still accessible in mainland China.

Anti, a prominent blogger who was also a veteran journalist for international news, told on his blog hosted on blog-city that after he posted the protest in China Youth Daily his blog began to be inaccessible. Anti has been blogging about the wrongdoings of government for long time. So many Chinese bloggers are not very surprise to see his blog and blog-city blocked. Now he has shifted to his backup blog on MSN Space.

Gordon, who is working with blog-city supporting team, hopes that this blockage would be just temporary. He also invites other Blog City bloggers in China to contact him (Via Imagethief and The Peking Duck). He said that the blog-city team is now working to find a solution.

Now Chinese Bloggers are facing a serious problem of where to blog, especially those who want to speak freely. More and more foreign BSPs are being blocked, such as Blogsome, Typepad and Blogspot. Almost all the BSPs in Mainland China have a rigid system of censoring “bad words” which are considered to be politically or pornographically sensitive. If hosted on independent domain server, the blogger need to register their personal information. For bloggers who want to blog freely and securely, they can resort to “Adoptablog” program.

The Firewall is expanding. Who will be the next?

11 comments

  • The work-around loophole that I’ve discovered was actually something I set up a couple of months ago when I encountered a brief ban that only lasted a few hours. After it was lifted I quickly put a couple of other measures into place that would allow me to continue updating my blog, though in limited form.

    I also have a mirror site that I establishd after that incident. I will probably start posting to it later today, until the ban has been lifted.

    The Horse’s Mouth (mirror site)

    I may even try temporarily removing the post about Taiwan being a possesion of the United States (according to international law) to see if that helps.

  • […] I found the information in a post by Rebecca MacKinnon who also quotes this Global Voices Online post.   […]

  • […] AngryChineseBlogger, whose host is now blocked in China, has an interesting analysis exploring the lengths to which China will and will not go to secure a client-state relationship with Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe. For starters, China isn’t in the charity business: Despite a surfeit of evidence to the contrary, Beijing has proven that it is nobody’s fool, at least as far as its relationship with Harare is concerned during a recent meeting between the two states when Chinese officials announced that, while Beijing would continue its policy of trade and infrastructure investment in Zimbabwe, it would not be providing the $US1 billion in foreign currency loans requested by Harare to assist it in propping up its rapidly degrading economy. “While they [the Chinese] are willing to provide infrastructural help on generous credit terms, they are not willing to throw huge amounts of money at us” […]

  • The coolest guy on the planet, Sam Freedom, thinks censorship like this is just plain wrong. Sometimes we take for granted our freedoms so it’s a blessing and a service that an article such as this exists. How can we help others in such a situation?

    Sincerely,
    Sam Freedom
    coolest guy on the planet
    Coolest blog on the planet

  • […] Blog-city Blocked in China? From yesterday afternoon, blog-city, a famous BSP is beginning to be blocked in China. Now it was still under filter by GFW, the project to detect key words and block websites . By using proxy blog-city is still accessible in mainland China. […]

  • WTJ

    This is a very bad things for the chinese bloggers. We can’t expand our market into china’s.

  • ACB

    To get around the block put on Blog-City by Chinese censors, which has made Angry Chinese Blogger inaccessible in China without the use of a proxy, I am happy to announce that an unblocked mirror sites http://www.20six.co.uk/angrychineseblogger is now up and running, spreading the news that Beijing doesn’t want you to hear.

    Angry Chinese Blogger’s entire back archive, along with all new articles will still be available at http://angrychineseblogger.blog-city.com/

    I would be grateful if you would add a link to the mirror alongside the master link to Angry Chinese Blogger.

    ACB

  • […] Do you notice something? Except for a visitor from Hong Kong, there are zero visitors showing from China, a nation of 94 million Web users. Why? Largely it’s because China blocks the blogspot domain. Moving off the Blogger platform and onto our own domain using WordPress will hopefully open this site to more Chinese visitors. […]

  • As of now(dec 2006)Blog-city is accesable in China, I’m in China at the moment. Having said that I can’t get to the blog-city home page today. Blogger/blogspot is also accesable now, although about a year ago it wasn’t. Technorati.com is a no go though. Problem is although i can access technorati with an anonymous browser i cant do anything such as create an account because for that many sites will require a cookie dropped but the browser doesnt allow for it. Hotmail is also a site that we often cant get into for some strange reason. Really the filtering causes a lot of problems like these.

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