Tuesday, January 03, 2006


News broke a few days ago that Michael Anti's blogs (Chinese and English) have disappeared from the blogosphere. He had recently taken up the cause of the reporters and editors at the Beijing Daily News. Rebecca MacKinnon has concluded that it was his blog service provider, Microsoft's MSN Spaces, not the Great Firewall of China that killed his blog. Anti has now returned to Blog City (English, Chinese) which is blocked throughout China, likely because of Anti's blog previously hosted there.

In a similar line of thought, John Pasden of Sinosplice wonders why the prominent bridge blog EastSouthWestNorth has never been blocked inside China. A dialogue between Pasden and Roland Soong of ESWN is here with additional comments from Soong here. It is an interesting case study of who gets blocked and who doesn't and guesses as to why.