Chinese Law Prof Blog

Editor: Donald C. Clarke
George Washington University Law School

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Many foreign web sites unblocked in China

So says the Under the Jacaranda Tree blog:

As I am writing this blog post, millions of netizens in China are celebrating the unblocking of their favourite websites, including Youtube, Picasa, Bloggers, etc.  Many of these sites have been blocked since late 2008 as a part of a Chinese government sanctioned anti-vulgarity campaign.

Messages posted on Twitters suggest that blockages to Internet access have been lifted in Dalian, Changchun, Wuhan, Chongqing, Xiamen, Shenzhen, Beijing and Guangzhou.

It's not clear why the blocks have been lifted. The general view in China, according to UTJT, seems to be that it's accidental and very temporary. Certainly it seems completely inconsistent with the general political tightening we've been seeing for a while.

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