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.)



The Democracy WALL

The WALL of Democracy stands with You. Created in 1999 in support of and the Global Petition Campaign convened by Mr. Wang Dan for the 10th Anniversary of Tiananmen, The WALL continues to offer a place for open discussion of democratic ideas, multiple translation engines, commenting, a newsfeed and menu of related links. I was sorry to hear about this latest outrage. Glutter has been added to the menu of links, and the WALL has turned to black in solidarity with the cause of Free Expression for all Persons on the mainland. We are with You. You can blow out a candle, but You can not blow out a fire.
Best Wishes,
-The WALL Admin


Thanks everyone. I guess this proves a small idea, a bit of words, can make others take a notice, that's 50 something sites more than two days ago, and quite a number of people. Far more than I ever thought possible.




Actually, it's not one site that's being blocked. It's thousands of sites that are hosted by Typepad that are blocked in China.


Joi Ito is in Japan and Anjipatchwork is in France. Also, you may already know this, but Blogbus, Blogcn, and Blogspot have been unblocked by the government. I hope this means that the Typepad blockage is temporary also.


Thanks for starting this, Glutter.

My site is Anna Overseas, and it\'s in black, too.

James Russell


Just thought I should advise that my blog (Hot Buttered Death) is actually Australian, not American.




wow, didnt know about this till now.
thks and i\'ve posted about it on my site too.


Sorry if I get your countries wrong. I TRY!



It's really a tragedy. With China, its often a situation of one step forward, two steps back.

When will these people open up? They must realize that by being so repressive, if anything, they are hastening their own replacement.


Yan, you might not know yet, but slashdot is now blocked on the mainland. I could access it yesterday, but can\'t today.


Where are you? We need to collaborate on this story if it's true. Can you get as many china users as you can to see if they are also experiencing this problem? Then get back to me with the EXACT locations of where they are, and general time would be good.

Thank you.



sorry forgot to mention last time. my blog is in the US.

Maria, Designer

It's a great tragedy for China. I am thinking what might have caused that. Maria, Designer


Hey Glutter - I borrowed your pic "blog in red , nothing but black" for a post on the China blog-banning issue, and have linked you under the "Banned in China" column.

My blog is in the U.S. and it is banned in China (I believe that currently, my host, Blogger is totally banned in China).

I also recently found out that Cisco Systems is basically supporting the censorship - my university, oronically, happens to use Cisco products for the maintenance of the on-campus internet network. I have forwarded an appeal to students against it.

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An outstanding share! I have just forwarded this onto a friend who has been doing a little homework on this. And he actually bought me dinner simply because I found it for him... lol. So leet me reword this.... Thanks forr thhe meal!! But yeah, thanx for spending time to talk about this issue here on your blog.

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