p2p news / p2pnet: Communist China has again blocked access to the Wikipedia, which has "become a basic resource for many in China," says the Globe & Mail.
"The latest blocking of the website, the third shutdown of the site in China in the past two years, has now continued for more than 10 weeks without any explanation and without any indication whether the ban is temporary or permanent," says the story, going on:
" ‘What idiots these officials are!’ said one message on a Chinese site. ‘They are killing our culture with censorship’."
A Wiki volunteer in China suggested blocking the site, "will allow Beijing’s enemies to control the flow of information on Wikipedia," says the Globe & Mail.
"Such an act is no different from cutting away our own voice and tongue, or shutting our own eyes and ears," said the message. ‘It is isolationism in the age of the Internet."
Microsoft recently followed orders from China to shut down the site of a well-known Chinese blogger who’d upset the authorities by posting about a newspaper strike in Beijing.