Thursday, October 27, 2005

Wikipedia Blocked in China for The Third Time

From Interfax China:

"Wikipedia, the largest multilingual open access encyclopedia on the Internet, became the target of the authorities displeasure in Mainland China recently, as access to both the English and Chinese versions of have been blocked for more than one week, starting October 20. The block, preventing Internet users in China from viewing the sites, was implemented without any official statement from Chinese authorities. China's 'Golden Shield' project, sometimes referred to as the 'Great Firewall of China' allows authorities to block access to Internet content at their discretion."

""Yes, it is currently inaccessible directly from Mainland China, which should be the third time [this has happened] in the short history of the Wikipedia," Andrew Lih, a media official for Wikipedia in the Asia Region, told Interfax Friday. "All hopes are that the block will be lifted relatively soon, as ones in the past didn't last longer than a few weeks," Lih said."


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