Chinese Government Relaxes Its Total Ban on Wikipedia – Noam Cohen

From The New York Times:

The Chinese government last week appeared to lift its block on the English-language version of the online encyclopedia , an unexpected move that comes almost a year to the day when access was first denied. The Chinese-language site, however, remains blocked within China.

“We are pleased to see the change, but would like to see the Chinese version unblocked, too,” said Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, the encyclopedia created by voluntary contributors. “We don’t know what prompted the block and don’t know what prompted the unblock.”

Even days after word first spread on the Internet about the change in access, Wikipedia contributors and administrators in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong said they were trying to determine if any English-language articles were still being blocked. Andrew Lih, a Chinese-American in Beijing researching a book about Wikipedia, reported on his blog, that he could get access to many controversial subjects, but could not read the English-language article about the suppression of the pro- movement in Tiananmen Square in 1989. [Full Text]

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