The move by China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology makes most VPN service providers in the country of 730 million internet users illegal. Photo: Reuters

China tightens Great Firewall by declaring unauthorised VPN services illegal

Move means all cable and VPN services need prior government approval and comes as Beijing steps up censorship before power-reshuffle party congress

Topic |   Censorship in China

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The move by China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology makes most VPN service providers in the country of 730 million internet users illegal. Photo: Reuters
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Josh Ye

Josh Ye

Josh is a reporter at Abacus. He was previously a reporter and a video producer for the South China Morning Post. Graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a major in English and philosophy, he's now pursuing a law degree at the University of Hong Kong. Outside of work, he's a pop culture junkie, an avid listener of audiobooks and a huge fan of American sports.