By Ken Fisher | Published: June 14, 2004 – 12:33PM CT
Chinese Wikipedia, which has not previously been blocked by Chinese censors, had been held up by observers as an example of openness on the Internet in China. In addition, the site, which has had a low profile and a relatively small group of regular contributors, was seen as a gauge of government tolerance for the free flow of information on the Internet in China.
The shutdown came just a day before the 15th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square riots, and some suspect the move was aimed at making it difficult for Chinese web surfers to read the Wiki’s coverage of the riots on their anniversary. However, not many expect the block to be lifted soon. One anonymous editor notes that the “Chinese Wikipedia contains a lot of sensitive articles which are still taboo in China,” and that it was only a matter of time before PRC officials shut it down.