Het regime in China is nog steeds doodsbenauwd voor bewuste, actieve studenten en intellectuelen. Allerlei blogs, fora en portals moesten de voorbije dagen op slot ‘due to server technical maintenance’.ScienceNet.cn, an online forum for the Chinese scientific community that hosts thousands of blogs, closed its comments function from midnight to 8 a.m. on 4 June (Beijing time) “due to server technical maintenance,” the site announced.
ScienceNet.cn, by no means seditious, carries discussions about academic misconduct, relationships between advisers and grad students, how to publish papers in international journals, and other academic matters. ScienceNet.cn took the precautionary measure, says an editor, because they don’t have staff to monitor the site at night, which is required by censors.
More drastic measures have been taken at www.newsmth.net, which began in 1995 as a student-run electronic bulletin board at Tsinghua University and moved most content off the campus network after the university blocked off-campus traffic to the site in 2005. The site showed the announcement saying access to its web and blog content is down from midnight 4 June to midnight 5 June (Beijing time) for “system maintenance.”