Friday, 22 May 2009
For seven days our beloved Blogger Website has been blocked all over China. Thus, I haven't posted anything for a while. Whenever I try to connect to this site I always end up with this kind of message:
Rather than outright tell you that the site you want to access has been blocked by the government big wigs, they make it so it just looks like a usual connection difficulty. But when that message pops up for the 100th time you begin to realise that it is not the case.
The same goes for YouTube, Amnesty International, Wikipedia (partially), and about a million more websties. Try Googling something"sensitive" like: "Tibet Protests", and after clicking on a link you will soon find that the site is blocked once again. This can also cause a domino effect and within a matter of seconds every single page you try and open will also be blocked (but only for a few minutes).
I do not know the real reason why The Great Firewall of China has chosen Blogger as its next target, but I have a good idea: The 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests. It is possible that many bloggers around this time will be writing all sorts of posts about this historical even that China would prefer is forgotten about. In fact, a lot of young people I have spoken to have no idea what actually happened during the protests.
I'm accessing Blogger now using a proxy tool for Firefox called Gladder, the only problem is that it's painfully slow and very often tells me that some pages don't exist. It's been so frustrating to use that when I tried to post this article a few days ago I got so fed up that I just quit.
We'll see if things get better soon....