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March 25, 2004



This is horrible. There's so many things that are seriously wrong in China. The victims are the lost voices of the citizens, and it's sad.

Crawford Kilian

A Canadian blogger in Hong Kong (which isn't affected by the ban) tells me he's heard of it but expects Beijing will relax in a while.

I can understand why external blogging makes the government nervous. They really, really don't like their people gaining access to unapproved information. Foreign English teachers in China are always swapping advice on how to get around the "Great Firewall of China" to regain access to CNN and other spiritually polluted news sources.

(But some amazing stuff does get approval. Even in 1983, my Chinese colleagues at Guangzhou Institute of Foreign Languages were teaching Orwell's classic essay "Politics and the English Language"--which is a blast against precisely the kind of propaganda that Beijing survives on.)

The ban concerns me in another way--I have colleagues in China and would like to offer them a TypePad-based blog on problems in English. But they've already told me that access to my current blogs is uncertain, and it would be pointless to create a blog they couldn't access at all.

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