Wikipedia Blocked in China Ahead of Tiananmen Anniversary

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 18, 2019

Many have speculated various reasons regarding why China has chosen to ban Wikipedia, given that there was no explanation given.

According to the Associated Free Press (AFP) the Chinese government has blocked access to Wikipedia in all the different languages it is available in, with Wikimedia informing the publication that it was not given any warning or notice of the action.

There may be a copy of Wikipedia somewhere on the moon.

Internet researchers from the Open Observatory of Network Interference (OONI), which is run by a US -based non-profit, said earlier this month that editions of Wikipedia in several languages had been banned as of April.

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.

The Open Observatory of Network Interference (OONI) reports that the original ban was expanded to cover all languages last month.

The Wikimedia Foundation, which runs Wikipedia, did not immediately answer questions emailed by dpa on Wednesday; however, the foundation earlier confirmed to the BBC that all language versions of its website have been blocked in China.

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media sites have always been blocked in China.

"At the end of the day, the content that really matters is Chinese-language content".

Images can also be considered taboo, he said. 'It symbolises the fear that the Chinese authorities have of the truth'.

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

Internet authorities in China often ramp up censorship before major political events or sensitive anniversaries. This, in turn, may have something to do with the upcoming 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen protests, which falls on 4 June.

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