China blocks all language editions of Wikipedia

According to a report by OONI, China started blocking all language editions of Wikipedia in April
According to a report by OONI, China started blocking all language editions of Wikipedia in April

Beijing has broadened its block of online encyclopedia Wikipedia to include all language editions, an internet censorship research group reported just weeks ahead of China's most politically explosive anniversary.

According to a report by the Open Observatory of Network Interference (OONI), China started blocking all language editions of Wikipedia last month.

Previously, most editions of Wikipedia—besides the Chinese language version, which was reportedly blocked in 2015—were available, OONI said in their report.

AFP could not open any of Wikipedia's versions in China on Wednesday.

"At the end of the day, the content that really matters is Chinese-language content," said Charlie Smith, the pseudonym of one of the co-founders of Greatfire.org, which tracks online censorship in China.

"Blocking access to all language versions of Wikipedia for in China is just symbolic," he told AFP. "It symbolises the fear that the Chinese authorities have of the truth."

Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit organisation that operates Wikipedia, said it had not received any notices explaining the latest block.

According to the organisation, Wikipedia has been blocked intermittently in China since 2004.

"With the expansion of this block, millions of readers and volunteer editors, writers, academics, and researchers within China cannot access this resource or share their knowledge and achievements with the world," Samantha Lien, communications manager at Wikimedia Foundation, told AFP over email.

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

China's online censorship apparatus—dubbed the "Great Firewall"—blocks a large number of foreign sites in the country, such as Google, Facebook and The New York Times.

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.

The expanded block of Wikipedia comes as Chinese authorities under Chinese President Xi Jinping ramp up online controls and crack down on Great Firewall circumvention tools, such as virtual private network (VPN) software.

In November, China's cyberspace authority said it had "cleaned up" 9,800 accounts on Chinese social media platforms like messaging app WeChat and the Twitter-like Weibo that it accused of spreading "politically harmful" information and rumours.

Chinese Twitter users have also told AFP that they have experienced intimidation from local authorities—and even detention—for their tweets.

The latest move to block all versions of Wikipedia could be linked to online translation tools, which make it easy for Chinese users to read anything on Wikipedia, Smith said.

Images can also be considered taboo, he said.

"A picture is worth a thousand words, and there is no dearth of Tiananmen-related imagery on the Wikipedia website," Smith added.


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May 15, 2019
That's coming from the country where organs for transplant increased dramatically after Falun Gong members have been arrested.

I wonder if they have settled on the origin of plastified bodies they produce.

Now it's not clear whether China's political regime is communist or fascist.

May 15, 2019
If this be True

As just as censorship exist in this west
these regolith Moonchines, have blocked an open academia corner of this web
Wikipedia, edited by all academia
as this academia
includes all these regolith Moonchines
for these Moonchines are free to edit this academia, Wikipedia
so
why
do not these Moonchines edit Wikipedia instead of censorship
for
these Moonchines are this greatest race on this earth
Moonchinians are this oldest civilisation on this planet

China is this most advanced race on earth, so why this censorship of academia, Wikipedia

May 15, 2019
If this be True

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for according to Google
also censored; states among many other webs, Wikipedia is on this ignore
for
in this academia; Cambridge, China's most favourite University Town
where these friendly Moonchians flock in their millions to visit
flock in their millions to study in these hallowed halls
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For if these Moonchinians have this Wikipedia is on this ignore
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It follows as China has Wikipedia is on this ignore
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these professors, Chinese students flock in their millions to hear their academic words
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May 15, 2019
And yet according to reports of whistle-blown internal corporate documents, China built their capability to oppress Internet freedom with the support of western corporations such as Cisco and with tacit US congressional approval (as they did nothing sufficient to stop this). e.g.: https://www.wired...isco-do/

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