Chinese blog shut down just days after being nominated for free expression contest
Via Reporters sans Frontières.
Reporters Without Borders today condemned the censorship of pro-democracy writer Wang Yi’s blog (http://zhivago.tianyablog.com), which was closed down just days after it was nominated for the “freedom of expression” category in a blog contest (www.thebobs.de) being organised by the German public radio station Deutsche Welle.
“We call for the immediate reopening of this blog and we point out that the Chinese constitution is supposed to guarantee free expression,” the press freedom organisation said. “In a country where self-censorship reigns, we should salute the courage of the few bloggers like Wang who dare to publicly protest against government bans.”
The company that hosts the Tianya website closed the blog down on the orders of the Internet surveillance bureau in Hai Nan province (southwest of Guangzhou). When Internet users now try to access the blog, they see an error message saying it is “no longer accessible.”