Back in the door: GetReligion cut off in Korea?

Just back in the door from Turkey and Greece and I am way, way jet-lagged. But there is always all of that back email to triage.

I will post tomorrow with my observations of a long layover today in a London lounge, mostly spent looking for religion ghosts in all those edgy, diverse British newspapers.

But first, this just in from a reader.

If anyone else out there has ideas about how to handle these kinds of things, please let us know.

Messrs. Mattingly and LeBlanc,

I thought it might interest you to know that GetReligion.org is now censored by the South Korean government.

In an effort to keep video and images of Kim Seon-il’s beheading from entering the country, the government has shut down numerous websites including livejournal, blogspot, and typepad. Neither I nor any of your other readers in Korea have been able to read GetReligion for several days now, and this is likely to continue indefinitely.

I actually don’t know too much about the situation– pertinent websites are blocked — but I believe that http://marmot.blogs.com (which I can’t access) has more of the details. I suppose this doesn’t actually have anything to do with religion and the press (though Kim Seon-il hoped to be a missionary in Iraq), but perhaps it’s pertinent in some manner.

Also, if it’s possible for me to receive GetReligion updates via email, I’m (private email address) and sure would appreciate it.

Covertly, James Hargrave

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Terry Mattingly directs the Washington Journalism Center at the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. He writes a weekly column for the Universal Syndicate.

  • James Hargrave

    If you can read this, then I’ve succeeded in getting around it. I’m using the website unipeak.com as a sort of proxy server– don’t understand the technical details but it means that the government can’t tell what pages I’m looking at. Also, this website can’t tell what computer I’m posting from. It’s a bit clunky, and because of the anonymity many pages block me from posting comments. But I *believe* it’s legal.

    Apparently Westerners in China regularly use unipeak to read typepad, livejournal, and other blogs.

  • http://tatumweb.com/ Rich Tatum

    You can always try signing up for one of those ubiquitous “change notification” services that also email you the contents of the webpage when it changes–often on a daily basis. One of the ones I’ve used longest is http://www.ProFusion.com/ (click on the alerts button). Others you might try:

    http://www.changedetect.com/

    http://www.changedetection.com/

    http://www.infominder.com/

    http://www.trackengine.com/

    http://www.watchthatpage.com/

    Also, there are multiple proxy servers, as mentioned above, that allow you to either configure your browser to always request pages through that proxy or by which you can append the URL you want to request to the end of another URL string. Generally, free proxies are slow and unwieldy. However, given your situation, I’m not sure that a paid proxy service is in your interests. A search for “proxy server” in any search engine will return many results.

    Regards,

    Rich Tatum

    rich(at)tatumweb.com

    rich(at)christianitytoday.com


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