China Closes Dissident Blog Nominated for Award – RFA

From Radio Free Asia:

The Chinese authorities have blocked access to a personal Web log, or blog, written by a prominent critic of the communist regime after it was nominated for a key award.

’s Microphone, was nominated for two categories in the Best of Blog (BOB) Awards sponsored by German radio station Deutsche Welle.

“Initially I set up my blog as a place to collect together all my writings so they could all be seen in one place,” blog author Wang Yi told RFA’s Mandarin service.

“Then it gradually turned into a news blog, posting the sorts of articles that could not be published on other Web sites, on sensitive subjects like human rights. I was able to publish them on my blog instead,” said Wang, who teaches at Chengdu University in the southwestern province of Sichuan.

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