Both sites are English-language, foreign-run news outlets that publish stories on various aspects of China, some of which have evidently touched a nerve in Beijing. The two websites join such illustrious publications as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and, of course, Shanghaiist on the Net Nanny’s naughty list.
On Friday, SupChina released a statement on Twitter informing its followers of the news. Editor in chief Jeremy Goldkorn writes that the block was an unavoidable eventuality of “doing honest news coverage about China.”
“We have always known this would come, and now it has, we can stop worrying about the inevitable,” Goldkorn writes, noting that SupChina’s WeChat account and podcast streams have not been affected by the block.
We are blocked in China. pic.twitter.com/uQbOkejwOA
— SupChina (@supchinanews) July 6, 2018
Meanwhile, What’s on Weibo founder Manya Koetse lamented that her website’s followers in mainland China will no longer be able to easily access stories.
— Manya Koetse (@manyapan) July 7, 2018
China’s Net Nanny is truly a cruel and fickle mistress. While in previous years, sites would get censored immediately after choosing to publish stories about the incredible wealth amassed by the families of China’s top leaders, these days, such blocks appear to happen at random.
The only trend seems to be that more and more foreign news outlets that publish stories on China are getting shoved behind the Great Firewall. In a survey of some popular publications’ websites, Shanghaiist found that sites inaccessible in mainland China include: Bloomberg, Economist, New York Times, Reuters, Shanghaiist, South China Morning Post, SupChina, Time, Wall Street Journal, What’s on Weibo.
Meanwhile, here are the sites that, so far, have somehow managed to avoid the Chinese censors’ wrath: AP, BBC, CNN, Financial Times, Guardian, LA Times, Washington Post.
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