I have been holding off writing this blog post because I have been hoping that the news was not true. However, more evidence has started to emerge, which seems to suggest that Bullog International has in fact been “harmonised” in soul-destroying Leninist-Maoist ways, once again. In other words, that site has been blocked by the Great Firewall, and netizens in China will need to use proxy devices in order to access Bullogger.com. In Chinese Internet slang, this method of bypassing censorship is euphemistically labelled “climbing the wall”. Everyday in China, many netizens “climb the wall” (Ned Kelly is reminded of the Berlin Wall) to read news from websites such as BBC, CDT and RFA.
I am still holding out hope that the blockage is due to some technical problems, which will be resolved in the near future. So far, more than ten China-based bloggers have published posts about the news. Many posters have also left comments at Luo Yonghao’s personal website complaining about the alleged blockage. So far, neither Mr Luo nor Bullog’s technical manager Huang Bin is available for comment. All blog posts and comments on the latest censorship of Bullogger.com are still accessible. The Chinese search word 牛博国际 (Bullog International) continues to appear at Google.cn and Baidu.com. The only exceptions are the two blog posts published earlier at ProState In Flames’s blog; for some yet unexplained but probably inferable reasons, they have disappeared.
Since Bullogger.com is hosted outside of China, the site is accessible where I am in Western Australia. Some posters complained late yesterday that the site was not accessible in Japan, Canada and the USA. Their complaints made me suspect that there had been some technical issues at the service provider’s end. Bullogger.com has been updated nonstop since its launch on 31 January. The last blog post was published 2009-2-2 21:42 by Song Shinan. The popularity of Ran Yunfei’s blog at the Japan-based portal Sci-de.org seems to suggest that many Chinese netizens are not deterred by the height of the Great Firewall and are quite willing to “climb the wall” (Ned again thinks of the Berlin “Wall of Shame”), for that extra space to express their thoughts.
Listed below are the links to a handful of Chinese blog posts about the alleged censorship of Bullogger.com. Ned and I would like to invite you all to keep an eye on them with us. Let us find out whether they are still accessible in the next 24 hours: Beifeng, Wang Xiaofeng, Buruwushu, Awardcat, bjblsh, Leavefannie, Li Haipeng, A-Ding, Xingxing Liu and Song Shinan.