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PUBLISHED : Thursday, 28 March, 2013, 12:26pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 28 March, 2013, 4:02pm

Facebook blocked in North Korea, Iran, Cuba and 'another country,' says state media

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Amy Li began her journalism career as a crime news reporter in Queens, New York, in 2004. She joined Reuters in Beijing in 2008 as a multimedia editor. Amy taught journalism at Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in Chengdu before joining SCMP in Hong Kong in 2012. She is now an online news editor for SCMP.com. Amy can be reached at chunxiao.li@scmp.com, or follow her on Twitter @AmyLiSCMP
 

If you have blocked Facebook, then at least have the guts to admit it.

Apparently this doesn’t work for China’s censors, who, of course, have also said on numerous occasions that there is no internet censorship in China.

This might explain why in a recent article published on a website run by the country’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technolgoy, readers are given an ambiguous, yet amusing account of the status of Facebook in the country.

Here goes the lead:

"Myanmar recently unblocked the popular social networking site Facebook, which means only four countries in the world still ban the website: North Korea, Cuba, Iran and another country".

Another country? Since when did China refer to itself in that way?

Does it mean  I am now obliged to fill in “‘Another Country” in my passport forms?

Why are state leaders so ashamed of the Great Fire Wall they single-handedly built? Or do the censors really believe Chinese people are too stupid to figure it out?

If so, netizens have already proved them wrong.

On China’s social media on Thursday, the evasively-worded story triggered fierce discussion.

“People in 'another country' are unfortunately being forced to tred 'another' path,” wrote one. "Where no Facebook is allowed."

“Four-isn't it just the right number for a Majhong game,” said another blogger.

Other bloggers quickly pointed out that besides Facebook, other popular websites including Twitter and Youtube remain inaccessible.  

Myanmar's government unblocked some foreign websites, such as Facebook, the BBC, and YouTube in 2011. China, or should we say “another country” now, only unblocked popular movie website IMDB early this month, an unexpected move which many considered a sign more changes were coming.

If the changes are really coming, let's hope they will be in the right direction. 

 

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ohyeahar
Can't say I'm surprised.
When the stories are positive, (e.g. hosting the Olympics, sending people into space, announcing economic growth, etc), then it's the People's Republic of China.
When the stories are negative, (e.g. human rights, pollution, gutter oils, tainted baby formula, etc), then it's "another country".
David
You posted in this thread, perhaps you could answer your own question?
Shadow
another country.....................haha great name
Cuba-Junky
Wrong ... Facebook is NOT blocked in Cuba.
flems101
Another translation would be 'Etc'. I learn Etc, and live in the People's Republic of Etc. “目前全球仅剩4个国家仍然对Facebook实施封锁,朝鲜、古巴、伊朗等。”
等等人民共和国? 学等语?我是等国人?
 
 
 
 
 

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