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Beijing GAA Website Blocked By Chinese Authorities

Aug 3

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8/3/2008 4:12 AM  RssIcon

Gaelic football website falls foul of China's Internet censors, but why?

A website I helped design and regularly update, beijinggaa.org, homepage of the Beijing Gaelic Football club, is no longer available to Internet browsers in China. Browsers in Beijing trying to get onto the site, which can be accessed via a proxy server,  get a blank screen with the words: "Problem Loading Page" and "the server has timed out." Even though China has pledged freedom of the Internet during the Olympics many sites remain off limits - but most are shut because they carry content deemed politicallly sensitive or pornographic. So where does a humble Gaelic football site fit in to this? Perhaps the country's huge security operatus, working overtime in the run up to the Olympics, have spotted the .org site url and confused Irish community with a human rights-campaigning NGO.  I just hope it comes back up in time for the new Beijing GAA season. The club is currently training for the Asia Games, in Malaysia in October.

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Re: Beijing GAA Website Blocked By Chinese Authorities

Mark, any problems with the CLUAS site and Beijing Beat?

By aidan on   8/3/2008 1:45 PM
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Re: Beijing GAA Website Blocked By Chinese Authorities

foot print on your door .......

By someone on   9/15/2008 1:52 AM

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