Internet Censorship in the People'S Republic of China

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

The Facebook page of China has over 282,000 likes as of March, 2013. Photo: SCMP pictures

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.

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People's Daily editorials signal harsher internet regulation

An internet cafe in Changsha, capital of central China's Hunan Province. Photo: Xinhua

The Chinese Communist Party mouthpiece meted out harshly worded front-page editorials about internet regulation this week, a move that might signal the party’s new campaign to impose further controls on its booming social media community.

21 Dec 2012 - 11:40am

Great Firewall blocks slideshow-sharing site

Mainland internet users can no longer access, a website where about 29 million people from around the world upload and share PowerPoint presentations and other types of documents.

Mainland users who tried to get onto the site got an error message. Access to the website from Hong Kong remained normal.

13 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Wall comes down briefly for Facebook users

Some mainland internet users were able to gain access to Facebook, the world's largest online social network, for more than seven hours yesterday.

25 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Disconnected: web offline for two hours

Access to cyberspace was hindered for more than two hours on the mainland yesterday, as virtually all foreign websites were inaccessible - with no official explanation.

At the same time, internet users outside the mainland, including in Hong Kong, reported they couldn't access mainland-based websites.

13 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

41pc of mainland websites close in just one year

The number of websites on the mainland almost halved last year, an official think tank says - but it denies a clampdown by the authorities is mainly to blame.

The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences' Annual Report on the Development of New Media said there were 1.91 million websites at the end of last year, down 41 per cent from 3.23 million at the end of 2009.

13 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Lai See

A case of handbags at dawn for bosses at Milan Station

20 May 2011 - 12:00am

News filters through despite censorship

News that Liu Xiaobo had won the Nobel Peace Prize made its way to ordinary mainlanders via the internet and telephone text messages despite government efforts to censor the news.

9 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Suddenly, porn surfing on mainland is free for all

A host of pornography websites and information technology websites have suddenly been unblocked by mainland censors since Tuesday morning. The question is: why?

The buzz apparently started with some Twitter postings in the morning that said: 'You can now freely search any porn you like in China. Everything seems to be unblocked.'

4 Jun 2010 - 12:00am


Free internet key to progress

As the Berlin Wall fell, it symbolised the end of the cold war. But it is unlikely the mainland will get rid of its Great Firewall, which blocks access to sensitive websites, any time soon.

25 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Web filters are affair for parents, not government

The storm of objections to Beijing's order that all computers sold on the mainland must have its specially produced pornography filtering software installed has led to a welcome climbdown. Whether the announcement of a delay hours before the measure was to take effect yesterday is just that, or signals something more, is unclear. What is certain is that authorities are listening to critics.

2 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Beijing protest marks start of battle for internet freedom

Basking in the sun on the outskirts of Beijing, people in predominantly green, blue and white T-shirts chatted on the grass and danced to the driving music in the background.

It might have been a party, but confrontational slogans such as 'Green Dam F*** off' on the T-shirts were telltale signs that this was more of a protest.

2 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Censorship fears after edict over porn filter

An aggressive move against online pornography that will force computer makers to pre-install a parental-control program has raised concerns about a fresh attempt by the mainland to increase internet censorship.

But the new rule was welcomed by mainland parents concerned about their children easily accessing pornography.

9 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Beijing yields in part to pressure over internet use

Some sensitive sites still blocked

The mainland government has yielded to mounting international pressure for it to loosen censorship of the internet and lifted restrictions on several banned websites - but the promise of unfettered access has still not been fulfilled.

2 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Beijing's ban on English Wikipedia rescinded

The central government appears to have lifted its block on the English version of online encyclopedia Wikipedia but still restricts users from visiting the Chinese-language version of the popular website.

5 Apr 2008 - 12:00am