Internet censorship in China is currently dominating the news due to Google’s announcement yesterday that they might withdraw their PRC operations following serious hacking and attacks on the GMails of dissidents. Read the full statement “A new approach to China” here.
It remains to be seen how much longer Google and Google.Cn will be accessible in China and Tibet for. Several hours ago, a Twitter user in Lhasa posted this:
It is unclear from this Tweet, however, whether the Google search results are filtered or not. At the same time that the Chinese internet may seem more free today than yesterday (for now), High Peaks Pure Earth has been monitoring the state of Tibetan-language blog hosting sites that have been inaccessible for the last two weeks.
The four popular Tibetan language blogsites that cannot be accessed at the moment are:
The error message for Tibet123 in Chinese reads: ????????? – You are not authorised to view this page.
However, the most alarming page belongs to TibetTL that is reported as an attack site:
When clicking for more information, Google shares this advisory:
High Peaks Pure Earth has even had problems linking to the TibetTL page on our Twitter
as it was identified immediately as malware:
All of the above blogsites contain Tibetan language articles and posts previously translated into English by High Peaks Pure Earth. The Tibetan cyberspace continues to disappear… check back here on High Peaks Pure Earth for updates.