When Good Blogs Go Bad

So, I’d planned to update my blog about some exciting happenings and goings-on lately, but unfortunately have been unable to access the host site of my blog, WordPress.com.

Why, inquiring minds want to know?

Not unlike China, Iran, and numerous other governments around the world, the Cambodian government’s “got issues”. Or rather, it takes issue with its citizens having free range over the whole of the internet, especially blogging sites where they might possibly say something that indicates an opinion, or (heaven-forbid) some semblance of critical thinking.

Recently various internet service providers/phone companies in Cambodia have been asked by the government to block access to various sites, in some cases restricting access to most blogging sites (such as Blogger and WordPress). Hm, blog is a funny word. Sometimes I’m reminded of that if I say it several times in a row. Blog blog blog. Anyhoooo… Naturally, many of these phone companies “could not be reached for comment” when asked why they complied with the government’s request. The Cambodian Daily and other newspapers, and the VOA, report pretty regularly on “sorry, you can’t access so-and-so-dot-com anymore” and “Hun Sen = internet dictator”, and young Cambodian internet users for sure don’t like it, but at the end of the day consumers throw up their hands and say, “What can we do?” You don’t say no to the Cambodian government.

In spite of all this, I’ve had consistent access to Livejournal for this entire time. Just goes to show that Livejournal has traversed so deep into the Ninth Circle, it’s not even worth the Cambodian government’s time to block it. It’s all those darned ads, I tell you! Sell-outs…



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2 responses to “When Good Blogs Go Bad

  1. Carol Allen

    Hi Liz,
    I bumped into your Mom and she gave me your blog info….actually she gave me most of it, but I tried various combinations and finally found you. I have really enjoyed reading of your adventures. I would love to see pictures when you get back home, but you are a very descriptive writer and paint a pretty vivid picture with your words! My husband and I have spent some time doing work in Haiti and have also been in Guatemala and your comments about the transportation brought back lots of memories!

    I will be looking forward to hearing more about your adventures! Stay safe!

    One of your 5th grade teachers!
    Carol Allen

    • Mrs. Allen!!

      Wow, it’s great to hear from you, I’m honored you’re reading my blog! πŸ™‚ I remember you being a world-traveler when I was in your class: sometimes when I hear about some goings-on in Jerusalem I remember that necklace you used to wear a lot, which was a cross of gold and amethyst (if I recall correctly) that was supposed to represent the four gates of Jerusalem.

      Yes, the transportation here never ceases to amaze me. I’m still waiting for the novelty to wear off, but as of yet I’m still a tourist in that regard! Sometimes I wonder how I’ll cope with organized traffic laws that people actually obey when I get home… Haha.

      So have you travelled anywhere lately? You know, if you get the chance, southeast Asia has a lot to see!
      It’s great to hear from you, hope all is well in your neck of the woods.

      One of your 5th grade students,
      Liz πŸ˜‰

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