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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


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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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".
You posted in this thread, perhaps you could answer your own question?
another country.....................haha great name
Wrong ... Facebook is NOT blocked in Cuba.
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?
Ideology aside, what is the redeeming social grace of Facebook and gabbing with strangers with shared follies? What intellectual benefits does one derive from talking inside an echo chamber, or preaching and being preached to by folks with like minds with same superstitious beliefs and electronic addictions?
"Another Country" has no shame!
With the path Russia is taking, I won't be surprised if its blocked there soon. All hail the BRICS!
Simply laughed my **** off......
The comment may be is true, because they may have two standards, so technically, it is not blocked.


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