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China blocks all language editions of Wikipedia

BEIJING: Beijing has broadened its block of online encyclopedia Wikipedia to include all language editions, reported an internet censorship research group, ahead of the country s most politically explosive anniversary.According to a report by the Open Observatory of Network Interference (OONI), China started blocking all language editions of Wikipedia last month. Previously, most editions of Wikipedia, besides the Chinese language version, which was reportedly blocked in 2015, were available, OONI said in their report. AFP could not open any of Wikipedia s versions in China on Wednesday. At the end of the day, the content that really matters is Chinese-language content, said Charlie Smith, the pseudonym of one of the co-founders of Greatfire.org, which tracks online censorship in China. Blocking access to all language versions of Wikipedia for internet users in China is just symbolic, he told AFP. It symbolises the fear that the Chinese authorities have of the truth. Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit organisation that hosts Wikipedia, did not immediately respond to AFP s request for comment. China s online censorship apparatus -- dubbed the Great Firewall -- blocks a large number of foreign sites in the country.

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