According to an announcement made by LiveJournal, China has officially blocked the popular online blogging site from its citizens. SixApart, the company behind LiveJournal, said that China’s censor roughly locks out 1.8 million of its blogs — of which 8,692 are self-reported Chinese bloggers.
This isn’t the first time that China has blocked LiveJournal. SixApart director of worldwide strategy Ginger Tulley said that her company has been blocked before for no apparent reason. “We would just follow our standard procedures, which honor free speech,” said Tulley.
Interestingly, the block is just in time for China’s National People’s Congress meeting in Beijing. According to Xiao Qiang, founder of the China Digital Times, the move is historical to the meeting. “The security is tight and the control is upgraded because they don’t want [political voices],” said Xiao.[Full Text]