CHINA HAS FURTHER CURBED FREE SPEECH AMONG ITS CITIZENS
Thursday, March 25, 2004
THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT HAS BANNED ALL TYPEPAD SITES WITHIN CHINA, AND SHUT DOWN TWO CHINA BLOGGING SERVICES. ANOTHER BLOW TO FREESPEECH AND FREEDOM OF INFORMATION WITHIN THE COUNTRY.
THIS IS A SAD DAY.
GLUTTER TURNS BLACK AS A MEANS TO PROTEST AND BRING ATTENTION TO THIS ISSUE
(And Will remain so for forty days, ending on May 3rd: WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY
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: http://www.unipeak.com/getpage.php?_u_r_l_=aHR0cDovL2dsdXR0ZXIudHlwZXBhZC5jb20vZ2x1dHRlci8yMDA0LzAzL2FsbF90eXBlcGFkX3NpdC5odG1s
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 Slashdot.org 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 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 typepad.com and blogs.com 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
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 www.unipeak.com, and http://anonymouse.ws 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
(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)
Dan Renzi (USA)
Fried Green al-Qaedas (USA)
Keld Bach's Web Journal (Denmark)
Hiphop Music Blog (USA)
Queer Code (USA)
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)
The Colorblind Society (USA)
Whispering Words (Australia)
Writing for the Web (Canada)
Mind Diversion (USA)
Morten's Blog (Denmark)
Global Suburb (USA)
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)
Hot Buttered Death (Australia)
Voluntarily in China (China)
Bartholomew's notes on religion (UK/Japan)
The Smeldley Log
Anthony Yager (Australia)
The Democracy Wall
Toasted Kitten (USA)
Be Confused (Singapore)
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)
The Invisible Library (USA)
The Liberal Coalition (USA)
Radio Free China (USA)
What Happens When You Tell A Lie? (USA)
Rayne Today (USA)
Kamelian X-Rays (Korea)
Mit dem Kopf voran
Hui Xing (Japan)
Anji Patchwork (France)
Jess' Blog (USA)
Taiwan Tiger (Taiwan)
Zwichenzug Holding Zone
My thoughts (USA)
The Ma'at of Mike (USA)
[email protected] (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?)
(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.)
Okay..compromise. I'll voice my dissent in a different way though.
Gosh, you'll have me waving placards next.
Posted by: Eshin | Thursday, March 25, 2004 at 12:52 AM
You have my post already up.
"China Letter" blog
Posted by: Steve Sullivan | Thursday, March 25, 2004 at 01:09 AM
Posted by: Harald | Thursday, March 25, 2004 at 05:46 AM
Drat, linky no worky. I meant
Black - http://blogs.salon.com/0003138/
Posted by: Harald | Thursday, March 25, 2004 at 05:47 AM
Did you see this?
Posted by: Isaack | Thursday, March 25, 2004 at 06:56 AM
I'm pissed (as I've written on my site). Does this also affect HK?
Hope not - I'm mad enough as it is. China ruined my day :(
Posted by: pketh | Thursday, March 25, 2004 at 07:12 AM
Yan, I'm posting you at FGAQ now.
Posted by: Mark | Thursday, March 25, 2004 at 08:36 AM
I've posted on my own blog about this. The really sad thing is, I might never have known about this except for you. Such is the tunnel vision of the news media...
Posted by: LirianFae | Thursday, March 25, 2004 at 10:34 AM
Every why has a wherefore. What are the possibilities for this?
Is the CCP doing this for a policy? Hmmm, they are not as stupid and they know this is not gonna tick.
So, the best I can fathom is that they are either doing this as an occasional blanket warning (which is less worse) or to completment another bigger goal they are heading towards (probably a short-term one).
Either of them is not going to put the Mainland Chinese in the worst of times. So, this may battle your will, but let's clutch our inviolable free will against the ills. We shall see, we shall.
Posted by: Nevin | Thursday, March 25, 2004 at 06:24 PM
I Have just put a "black" scrolling bmarquee on my site linking back to "Glutters Campaign Headquarters" There are millions of Bloggers!! Go for it Girl! Show "em that we have had enough and won't put up with anymore!
Posted by: Steve Sullivan | Thursday, March 25, 2004 at 06:49 PM
My border just went black. I'm trying find out what's going on as well. Will blog if I find out anything.
Posted by: Joi Ito | Friday, March 26, 2004 at 11:11 PM
What can I say? I dunno. Just a small idea, grew to make notice of more people than I thought it would or could.
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