I remember there was a time when a blocking of a site was a covert and dreadful thing. A bit of a sign that you had “made it” as someone fighting the good fight.
“Blocked in China” seemed like such a ‘thing to be’. Sure Amnesty was; and pro dem sites, those were a given. The BBC, meh… ok… they had sneaked some inquisitive reporters into the backwaters and had to be shown a lesson… and well porn – porn is known to melt the eyes of Chinese (it’s genetic). It all made sense.
But now it would seem that in an effort to create a more harmonious society, everything is getting out of tune. There’s not a major free blog provider that hasn’t been blocked:
In addition, the old standbys are still on again, off again. Wikipedia is often a miss (with the Chinese-language version always in the dark), ditto BBC, Voice of America, Radio Free Asia and a collection of other media outlets. You can pretty much assume most anything with the progressively released .tw domain isn’t going to load. Add to this the recent blocking of Flickr‘s photo servers, Yahoo at large and most Google image searches, and it’s not hard to see that life for Chinese netizens (or indeed, laowai netizens) is a right pain in the pìgu.
Check out Wikipedia’s growing list of notable Web sites blocked in the People’s Republic of China.
So, to show we will not stand idly by and watch the net get nannied to nothingness, I say we step up and Block China. To show that you are not happy with all these sites being blocked, and that you don’t buy the ‘official line’ that “[China does] not have restrictions at all.”
Show your support by adding your name to the:
This petition is in no way political. It is simply a way for us in-China users of the Internet to refuse to sit by and have services we’ve paid for be denied to us for no reason other than the poorly fabricated guise of “cleaning” and “purifying” the Net.