China censors cut off Twitter, Hotmail and Flickr
Posted in: Censorship at 02/06/2009 21:29
Two days before the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, China's censors moved today to limit the access of the country's increasingly tech-savvy population to vast swathes of the internet.
The first victims were the rising population of tweeters, who use the micro-blogging service Twitter as a platform for humour -- often scatological -- and political comment.
To Shut Off Tiananmen Talk, China Blocks Sites
China's government censors have begun to block access to the Internet services Twitter, Flickr, Hotmail and Microsoft's live.com, broadening an already extraordinary effort to shield its citizens from any hint of Thursday's 20th anniversary of the military crackdown that ended the 1989 Tiananmen Square pro-democracy movement.
People in China who tried to gain access to the blocked Web sites on Tuesday instead encountered an error message saying the sites' servers had unexpectedly dropped the Internet connection -- a standard indicator that access has been blocked.
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Chinese censors blocked access to Twitter and other popular online services today , two days before the 20th anniversary of the crackdown on democracy protests in Tiananmen Square.
The move came amid increasing pressure on dissidents, in a reflection of the authorities' anxiety ahead of the sensitive date. Hundreds died as the army forced its way through Beijing to clear away demonstrators from the capital's political heart in June 1989, but the issue is taboo on the mainland.
Media censored on Tiananmen
In the run-up to the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, China is censoring foreign media and the internet to an extent not seen since the crackdown that preceded the Beijing Olympics.
Government agencies are banning delivery of foreign newspapers, disrupting satellite news broadcasts and blocking internet sites including Twitter and Hotmail in a campaign apparently aimed at extinguishing every reference to the 1989 pro-democracy student movement, which the People's Liberation Army suppressed on June 4 of that year.
Twitter Service Blocked in China, Users Say
Twitter Inc. users across China reported that the popular networking service appeared to be blocked Tuesday, two days ahead of the sensitive 20th anniversary of the military crackdown on pro-democracy protesters at Tiananmen Square.
If the site is being blocked by government censors, as many users suspect, it would mark the first time that Twitter has been widely inaccessible to users in China.