China blocks all language editions of Wikipedia | #AsiaNewsNetwork

18 Mai, 2019, 04:42 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • A celebrated image of a man trying to stop the tanks entering the square in Beijing

Online encyclopedia Wikipedia across different language URLs has not been accessible in China since late April, a report by internet censorship researchers from the project Open Observatory of Network Interference suggests.

Since 2015, Wikipedia's Chinese-language site was blocked by China's "Great Firewall", which prevents internet users from accessing certain foreign websites.

Since 2015 China has blocked access to the Chinese version of Wikipedia from its citizens, with the site remaining in an inaccessible state for some time, but now the government has made a decision to take things a step further.

According to Wikipedia, they had not received any notice or explanation regarding the ban.

Now, Wikipedia is no more accessible in any language in China.

'After closely analysing our internal traffic reports, we can confirm Wikipedia is blocked across all language versions, ' Lien said.

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Apart from China, the free community-edited encyclopaedia site was blocked in Turkey and it has been blocked intermittently in Venezuela this year.

Images could also be considered taboo, Smith said. "It symbolises the fear that the Chinese authorities have of the truth".

"When one country, region or culture can not join the global conversation on Wikipedia, the entire world is poorer", she said.

The Chinese government regards the event as very politically sensitive and strengthens censorship every year around the date.

Topics that are deemed too "sensitive" are also scrubbed, such as the 1989 crackdown on Tiananmen pro-democracy protesters which will mark its 30th anniversary on June 4. Authorities have long played the element of political liberalism in that movement.

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