The distinct 2.0ness with which an unprecedented environmental protest was carried out last week in southern China's seaside Xiamen city seems to have resulted, as of June 7, in the service of two websites key to the exclusive blog coverage of the event being disrupted: Bullog.cn, where live updates from the streets of Xiamen were being posted, and Flickr, where searches for keywords like ‘antipx’ and ‘xiamen’ bring back hundreds of images from the demonstration and later clashes with police and soldiers.
“Any reasons of baning this excellent photos share websites? So many! Especially in this June, like Xiamen people's march against PX project happened on 1st June and someone did a live report of the whole process on flickr.”
Buchong, one of the few bloggers who brought the Chinese blogsphere the Xiamen protest updates, at just before midnight Beijing time on June 7 writes on his Fanfou—a Chinese version of Twitter—of speculation that Bullog's having been blocked might not have been an official move:
A look at ex-Bullog blogger He Caitou's personal blog shows a post today, via a far more detailed version at the highly-read wikipedian Shi Zhao's blog, telling readers how to get past the Flickr block:
In the Windows XP system, the Hosts file is usually located at: C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc
Then below that add these two lines so that in the end it looks like this:
Then save, presumably.
On top of Bullog being gone for the moment and Flickr photos showing up empty boxes, service was temporarily disrupted on June 7 at several English-language China-based blogs hosted by DreamHost—Bokane, Sinosplice and the China Blog List—as well as expat blog Sinocidal having seemingly been blocked the same day.