Typeblack: 40 Days Away is Press Freedom Day.

All Typepad Sites Banned in China (Story Filed For Independent Media)

If you want those in China to be able to access this page you will have to put the link through a proxy. The URL is:

New Article: Born and Banned in China: Internet Censorship and Tiananmen Square

Update: (April 4th) Slashdot Available in China again!!!!

Update: (April 2nd) Success!

Reporters Without Borders have reported, the ban of typepad and slashdot added with a mention of Adopt a Blog! Got it verified by an NGO/Mainstream Press! Thank you EVERYONE. I am off to sleep finally. Goodnight!

Reporters Without Borders raises alarm over mushrooming Internet repression in China

Reporters Without Borders raises alarm over mushrooming Internet repression in China (Glutter repost)


Update: (April 2nd) We got mentioned on The EFFECTOR Vol. 17, No. 11 (Electronic Frontier Foundation News Letter) Under: Blogs Go Black As China Blocks More Sites

Update: (April 1st.)News: China Jails Woman Over Web Post

List of All CyberDissidents Currently in Jail

Update: (April 1st) Confirmation Glutter is Banned in China for Six Apart Corporation

UPDATE: (April 1st.) Interested in helping banned China Bloggers out? If so ADOPT A BLOG!

Update: (March 31st.) 4:40pm. Slashdot Still unavailable after 24 hours

UPDATE: (March 31st) Possible Ban of in China

UPDATE: (March 30th) Is Slashdot now banned in China also?

Update: (March 29th) This Story is Posted on Slashdot!

Update: (March 29th) Typepad blocked in China: Glutter's Typeblack Campaign Gets a Mention on Guardian Unlimited: We Blog

Update: (March 27th) Guardian Unlimited: We Blog Section has just logged this event.

Update: (March 27th) Single Planet Decides he will keep his site black until World Press Freedom Day: Glutter and Living in China and many others Follow.

March 26th. Story Filed For Independent Media as well as On Glutter. I turn my site black as ask others to report the inccident. Over a hundred sites around the world did, many turned their borders black (To see partial list scroll down)

Typepad Banned in China

All and hosted sites are banned in China starting this morning, a week after China has agreed to amend its constitution to respect human rights. This is another move by the Central government to curb free speech and freedom of information on the Internet. This is the first time in two years that China has blocked access to foreign servers that host personal sites. (Correction SECOND time in two years as the last event was in Jan 2003)

Last week saw two hosting services within China, blogbus and blogscn banned. There has been differing reports whether the service has regained or not.After shutting down forums and message boards within the country, it’s now using blocking software to stop information from leaking into the county via personal sites, an increasingly vibrant China internet community, and a place where users are slipping in banned information. Some sites in the blogging community are turning black in protest of this event while others are reporting the incident. So far sites in Hong Kong, US, Canada, and the Netherlands has done so.

81% of all cyber dissidents in the world are held in China: 59 out of 72 logged by Reporters Without Borders compared to 38 out of 48 in November 2003.

Filed by Yan Sham-Shackleton 3am, March 26th 2004, Hong Kong


March 27th

A Miss Elayne Riggs (no need to link back) has posted that Typepads is NOT banned in China but blogus, and blogscn has been shut down (that is correct). I would like to "acertain" that her comment is incorrect as I have been contacted by those in China who are currently accessing this site as well as ALL typepad sites though proxies, such as, and along with those who are in China who cannot see their own sites (but can still update) as they are on this service. In fact, customer service in Typepad replied to an email I sent that "It appears it's blocked for at least some users in China." (Although we haven't heard of anyone who can access it, I would agree that the company needs to err on the side of caution). Update: Guardian Unlimited: We Blog Section has just logged this event.

Miss. Riggs has said that "Misinformation is as dangerous as censorship." I would agree with her comment whole heartedly.


Tell the World

Here is a list of sites that have TURNED BLACK and/or reported the inccidents

(Please keep me updated to anymore sites as it seems to be growing outside of this neighbourhood. I don't really know what to say. In a bit of shock actually, as it was just a little idea and it kept growing.... I am touched as I think many others are.)

Eshin Direct (Hong Kong)
China Letter (China)
Pketh (Canada)
Dan Renzi (USA)
Fried Green al-Qaedas (USA)
Keld Bach's Web Journal (Denmark)
Hiphop Music Blog (USA)
Queer Code (USA)
Isaack (unknown)
Four Corners (USA)
Daihatsu Graceland (Netherlands)
The Internal and the External and the Eternal (USA)
Road to Surfdom(USA)
Pataphysical Graffitti (USA)
The Ballad of Yoko (USA)
Reenhead (USA)
The Colorblind Society (USA)
Whispering Words (Australia)
Writing for the Web (Canada)
Mind Diversion (USA)
Perspectif (Denmark)
T-salon (Canada)
Morten's Blog (Denmark)
Global Suburb (USA) (Unknown)
Blue 59 (USA)
Marginal Revolution (USA)
Chronic Murmuring (USA)
The Stalker Association (USA)
Six Different Ways (USA)
Brainy Smurf (China)
Friday Night Fish Fry (USA)
.Net From India (India)
Water (China)
Hot Buttered Death (Australia)
Voluntarily in China (China) (Taiwan)
Bartholomew's notes on religion (UK/Japan)
The Smeldley Log
Anthony Yager (Australia)
Mahalanobis (Austria)
The Democracy Wall
Toasted Kitten (USA)
Pure Essence
Be Confused (Singapore)
Writer.Bowler.Revolutionary (USA)
CRS in China (China)
Side Lights (USA)
Single Planet, (China)
Yellow Door Selectors...Manual (China)
Living in China (China)
Joi Ito (Japan)
North Korea zone (North Korea)
Techjournalism (USA)
The Invisible Library (USA)
The Liberal Coalition (USA)
Radio Free China (USA)
Danwei (China)
What Happens When You Tell A Lie? (USA)
Rayne Today (USA)
Electrolite (USA)
Barista (USA)
Kamelian X-Rays (Korea)
Disorientated (China)
Mit dem Kopf voran
Hui Xing (Japan)
Anji Patchwork (France)
Jess' Blog (USA)
Latitudes (USA)
Taiwan Tiger (Taiwan)
Blogamy (USA)
Zwichenzug Holding Zone
My thoughts (USA)
The Ma'at of Mike (USA)
Brij@147 (USA)
Dryer Lint (Unknown)
Shots on Goal (USA)
Scratch Monkey (USA)
Nomad Nation (USA)
A Dane in Luxembourg (Luxembourg)
Anna Overseas (Somewhere?)
Tao of Dowingba
Dr. Omed's Tent Show Revival (USA)
Planet Pussy (Malaysia)
Loic Le Meur Blog
Zwichenzug Holding Zone
I speak of Dreams
Slashdot (err. wow?)
Tommaso Computerzine
(I am no longer logging the sites because if indeed slashdot is banned, it means other sites on this list might follow, if not already, so I prefer those who have not been logged to remain anonymous. Thank you all, I never expected more than 10 people to do this)

This is the power of the Internet. Let it to remain free and open for all.

(March 27th) And I do want to add that in retrospect I should have done this when blogus and blogcn (mainland blog sites) were shut down last week, but I wasn't even aware until the day I was blocked. This is not just for typepad, but for all the mainland bloggers as well. Shame on me for not putting two and two together. But sometimes we click on to what's happenning because it happens to us. Which is why, maybe it's suprizing to me that so many people put in their say, when it's not them. We should care more. I should care more.

Glutter is to remain black for forty days, ending on May 3rd 2004: WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY

(I am also leaving out the China based sites that have reported this as I don't have permission to link to theirs, everyone here trackbacked, sent an email or is linked to this site. And another small note. I am a Chinese Citizen based in Hong Kong, and I am female, it doesn't matter, but my name causes confusion.)




Hey....I added this to my site too. Thanks for the update!


I've linked to the story from

Tennessee Ruck

I wrote about this a long time ago so add me to the list if you could. Great idea with the blackout Yan.

Tennessee Ruck

I\'ll send a group e-mail to my buddies at The Rocky Top Brigade and ask them to help us out.


Yan, seems like even can't be accessed at this moment. I'm using anonymouse proxy... don't know why


Hailey and to all other chinese users: The best solution I've seen comes from Brainysmurf. Use , type in the site that's blocked and Voila! It makes me feel better that there are at least some easy ways to get around this - a little bit better anyways.

btw, yan, I'm glad you made this list - save me a hell of a lot of time :)


Pketh, I can access your blog using anonymouse or unipeak. But kinda afraid someday even these proxies may be banned...


I hear little more in the media here than China is opening it's markets, it's agreed to strategic requests, etc. Mostly positive.

Shows that American media is more interested in open markets than in basic freedoms of Chinese.

Really sorry to hear about this.



That's great that you reported this, I will link this info to your site too..

It's really sad to hear that... :(


Oh please, it\'s just a fucking website not the abolishment of human rights. Get off your freaking high horse Nutter. Are you disappointed because the few people in China are no longer able to use Typepad, or do you honestly believe people in China are interested (or capable) of reading the crap you blurt out on this site? Or are you just doing this for hits and attention. Because we all know how much you like hits and attention. You\'re a whore for them and that\'s a fact.

Maybe the Chinese government is doing us a favour by restricting our access to crap!


Have noted and linked from my (UK/Japan) site.


Fight the power, gluttergirl......


The following needs minor correction:
\\\"This is the first time in two years that China has blocked access to foreign servers that host personal sites.\\\"

This is actually the second time in two years that China has blocked access to foreign servers that host personal sites. The first time was in January 2003 when authorities blocked Blogspot hosted sites.


wsy, this girl here is doing her part in defending human rights, and all you can do is making ignorant and attacking remark. Just why the hell are you wasting your time reading this blog and leaving unfriendly comment if you don't like what you see? This is Yan's blog afterall. If you don't like what she writes, just fuck off!


I have linked and mentioned this story on my site, and thought I'd also let you know that I first saw mention of the story at
Keep the faith.


I reckon the best policy is to ignore comments like that. He/She might have an opinion but using insulting profanity just means that the person using them can't bring their point across strongly enough with sound logical arguments.


Hi Guys!

-FIRST TIME IN TWO YEARS. The last time was TWO years ago.

-No matter what I get wierdos.. :)

-I will add the new sites.



Hailey. I am confused. Can you get on? I know my site is banned in China. You can leave message tho... good luck with the proxies!!



Wait. 2003. SECOND TIME.. Gotcha!

Phil Sen

Love us or hate us Yan, is also aware. Peace out.


I would hope so... this comment kinda shows you care far more about ego than cause. Which is my problem with the whole thing to start of with.


Phil Sen

OK, hate us then. End of argument, not the time or place to have a fight about it.


I didn't expect Typepad sites to get banned. Some people pay money to use these sites simply because China bans some other free blogging services such as Blogger.
Sadly, it's only a false sense of assurance to many. Paying doesn't mean that they're free from China's censorship.
What happen to those people who paid good money to use Typepad? They're going to be so pissed. Hopefully China can one day free their people from the internet censorship. It's ridiculous.


thanks for the info and idea. i\'ve linked and changed my background to black too.


hey yan, i posted about it on my page--sorry i took so long! but i see it's been posted all over the place now. i went off on a completely different tangent, though, so don't get confused. it's been a long week. :P

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