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China has blocked all language versions of Wikipedia

The great firewall of China has gotten taller once again.
The great firewall of China has gotten taller once again.

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Wikipedia is now completely inaccessible in China. 

The Chinese version of the online encyclopedia has been blocked in the country since 2015, but the BBC reported (and the Wikimedia Foundation confirmed) that all language versions of Wikipedia are now blocked in mainland China. 

“In late April, the Wikimedia Foundation determined that Wikipedia was no longer accessible in China. After closely analysing our internal traffic reports, we can confirm that Wikipedia is currently blocked across all language versions,” Wikimedia said in a statement. 

The Open Observatory of Network Interference (OONI) has gathered data on China’s Wikipedia block, concluding that “multiple language editions of Wikipedia have been blocked in China as of April 2019.”

China has been actively blocking certain internet sites, including Google, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, for years, but — somewhat surprisingly — all but the Chinese versions of Wikipedia were available. Wikimedia says it hadn’t receive any notice of China’s move. 

Wikipedia has been blocked in Turkey since 2017, and has intermittently been blocked in several other countries, including Iran, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela. 

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