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Wikipedia Blocked in China

Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia based on collaboration and participation is now blocked in many areas in China.

On the main page on Wikipedia in Chinese, a sentence appeared:”Some users in mainland China are finding accessing problem temporarily for unconfirmed reasons”. It also asked the users who can visit the page to report their region and ISP in order to have some further judgement of the situation.

Anti pointed out that this blockage is very ironical since the “White Paper on Democracy in China” had been issued by Chinese government to the public yesterday. Widao believed that the white paper is the reason that leads to the blockage.

It was not the first time that Wikipedia was blocked. In June and September last year Wikipedia had been blocked for a period of time, both for its politically sensitive entries like the Tiananmen Square Protest in 1989.

6 comments

  • Dear Global Voices,

    I am a Chinese reader and blogger. I live in the U. S. but blog in Chineses on websites in China. I read your articles about China with great interest and I appreciate your website a lot. I have linked your website in one blog post of mine: http://jidian.bokee.com/3289179.html

    Many thanks.

  • Jackson Jeong

    I am a Korean live in China.
    That’s interesting chines blocked wikipedia
    I think wikipedia is a pretty good site.
    I really don’t understand ‘wikipedia blocked in Chins’.

  • Constance

    {on wiki’s edit}
    i believe there should be space left for everyone, and for every revision(edition).The so-called neutral is the opinion of the wiki president

  • Malcolm

    i’m a college student in china. i happened to be having troubles accessing WIKI months ago and didn’t know why, until i read some articles on this topic from abroad, and got a clearer sight.

    i love this site. keep going.

  • David

    You can use an anonymous proxy such as anonymouse.org to access Wikipedia from China.

  • Here is a nice test tool to check if any website is blocked from China: http://www.websitepulse.com/help/savedtests.php
    It gives you real time results from Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong.

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