“IMDB no longer banned in China”
By: Mike Holtz, WeWatchedAMovie
As of Wednesday movie fans in China can finally spend all the time their hearts desire clicking through the wonderful pages of IMDB (Internet Movie Database) like so many of us film buffs do daily. The site was blocked in 2010 under the “Great Firewall of China,” which blocks any site the Government there deems un-fit.
Why would IMDB fall under that umbrella? No specific reason was given however many believe it was due to the fact IMDB had a preview of the movie “When the Dragon Swallowed the Sun” on its home page in 2010. The films plot synoposis reads as “Unfortunately, the 14th Dalai Lama and the Tibetan people receive little political support in their drive to put an end to the Chinese brutal regime, as international governments are seemingly motivated by economic interests in China.”
Many are cautiously hopeful that this is a signal of change in China’s internet censorship practices but as one post on Sina Weiba (China’s version of twitter, which is blocked as well) says “Don’t have any expectations for the censors, unblocking a movie site means nothing.” Other sites blocked by the Great Firewall of China include Youtube and Facebook. Atleast they have IMDB back now! I personally would be devastated without it. What is one site you couldn’t live without?