Monday, August 30, 2010
Author John Burgess, who was in town recently to launch his book, Stories In Stone, which also had a two-page spread in The Cambodia Daily on Saturday, has been in touch to tell me that my blog is banned in China. Possibly. He was in Shanghai on the way back to the United States and a google search of my blog gave him a message that 'the server cannot be contacted.' After a bit of investigation it would seem that all blogspot blogs are banned, sometimes, as are such popular sites as Google, Facebook, YouTube, Uncle Tom Cobbly and all. Internet censorship in China (commonly referred to as the great firewall of China) is very common, there are no specific laws which the censorship follows, so random is the best word to describe it. However, this random blocking is vigorously implemented by the internet service providers there and the Chinese public are the ones to suffer. Especially if they can't access my blog.