December 2, 2005
China Law Prof Blog blocked in China again
Oops, I did it again, apparently. Something in a previous posting - was it my daring expose of the Beijing company selling lunar real estate? - has attracted the attention of the security authorities and the blocking now seems not intermittent, but permanent and complete. If anyone is reading this in China, please let me know.
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you did not do it by yourself, all the typepad domain names are blocked:
Posted by: Fons Tuinstra | Dec 3, 2005 12:48:55 AM
Nothing you did, I guess. All the blogspot domain names are blocked again, you join the typepad-crowd. Amazing MSN spaces is still up and running. Best seems to migrate to an independent server (pretty easy from blogger.com) or advise your readers in China to get their proxies going.
Posted by: Fons Tuinstra | Dec 4, 2005 4:48:34 AM
Yes, I am reading:)
Actually all typepad hosted blogs are blocked at the moment in China. Hence, I am using a proxy.
It\'s sad but a current reality and has almost certainly nothing to do with the content of your blog. It has to do with the fact that Typepad offers Foreign Blog hosting and as such is hard to control in the eyes of the gov. So instead of monitoring on an individual blog basis they decided to block anything related to Typepad. It\'s more convenient. Same happened to Blogger and some others.
Posted by: Chinasnippets | Dec 5, 2005 3:02:45 AM
Actually all Typepad hosted blogs are blocked in China. The PRC doesn't like foreign hosted blog hosted networks. Blogspot is another victim of this. A pity but the current reality.
Hosting it on your own domain will very likely make your blog visible again in China.
Posted by: G. | Dec 5, 2005 7:54:36 PM
Thanks to all correspondents for the comments on the blocking of all Typepad blogs. Apparently I have an exaggerated idea of my own importance. In my defense, though, I might observe that my own experience has been that there's hardly anything too trivial for the state security apparatus to take notice of; they have to show that their job is necessary and important.
Posted by: Don Clarke | Dec 6, 2005 6:16:39 PM