The Wall Street Journal’s Chinese homepage today from outside mainland China.
It’s official, the Wall Street Journal’s Chinese edition has been added to the list of blocked international news sites in China.
Journalist Michael Anti tweeted yesterday:
Wall Street Journal Chinese website is blocked in China.
— Michael Anti (@mranti) August 3, 2013
As of 11 am in China, the Shanghaiist could not access the Chinese WSJ site without a VPN. However, the Wall Street Journal’s main site remains unblocked in China.
This isn’t the first time that the WSJ’s native language site has been blocked in China either. According to Jason Ng, author of the forthcoming book “Blocked on Weibo” :
— Jason Q. Ng (@jasonqng) August 3, 2013
The question many are left asking is what caused the block.
“@mranti: Wall Street Journal Chinese website is blocked in China.” Trigger?
— Bill Bishop (@niubi) August 3, 2013
Chinese WSJ editor Li Yuan retweeted a comment on Weibo saying:
You can disagree with some opinions, you can use force to shut down some media outlets, you can also use legitimate methods to delete some comments. But you cannot use ignorant and shameless articles to fool people’s knowledge, use the official media’s power and status to trample upon people’s dignity, or use rumors and deceptive methods to insult them …
Li added to the retweet, “Challenge the bottom line.”
This is not the first time a foreign media outlet has been blocked without a specific incident in mind. While the New York Times was blocked for their coverage of Wen Jiabao’s family fortune, Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun was blocked for no ostensible reason.
You can check yourself for the website’s history of being blocked on the GreatFire site. The Chinese WSJ’s Weibo is still active.
Staff writer Yiqin Fu contributed to this post.