Fragile Chicom government worried about people finding out the anniversary of their killing of protesters in Tienanmen Square
Websites of The Washington Post and the Guardian appear to now be blocked in China as the country's government further tightens its so-called "Great Firewall" censorship apparatus as it navigates a politically sensitive period.You can tell how fragile a dictatorial regime is by how it tries to suppress information it deems embarrassing or scary. They apparently could hide the bodies, but the facts are harder to hide.
Until this weekend, The Post and the Guardian were among the last few major English-language outlets that were still regularly accessible from mainland China without the use of virtual private networking (VPN) software, according to the censorship tracker greatfire.org.
Chinese Internet authorities have gone into overdrive in recent weeks ahead of the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Massacre on June 4, 1989, prohibiting users on the popular WeChat social media service to post keywords or pictures related to the event.
All but the most oblique references to the incident were immediately scrubbed and, during the days around the anniversary, users complained about not even being able to access the function to change their avatars.
Every language edition of Wikipedia was fully banned in mid-May. A CNN reporter said the network's website was blocked again this week shortly after CNN.com ran a top story commemorating the 1989 incident.