Internet Censorship Update: Blocking of murrayhunter.substack.com website
23rd October 2023, the website of writer Murray Hunter, murrayhunter.substack.com was found to be blocked by Malaysian Internet Service Providers (ISPs) implementing what appears to be a Malaysia Communications and Multimedia (MCMC) mandated blocking of a website. This was confirmed by Sinar Project with test data measurements from Open Observatory for Network Interference (OONI).
The website murrayhunter.substack.com was detected to be blocked following a report by the website owner on 22nd October. The website is a blog belonging to a researcher, Murray Hunter who does work on issues related to Asia-Pacific.
As of 7.00pm, data on OONI indicates that blocking occurred on networks run by at least 4 Internet Service Providers (ISPs) which redirected users to a server maintained by MCMC. This would have resulted in users facing difficulties in accessing the website. The ISPs are:
Users of these networks are unable to access the website unless they use methods to circumvent the censorship such as using a VPN or a different DNS resolver.
At the time of this report, there was no sign of confirmed blocking on U Mobile (AS38466), although data on OONI showed a number of failures during the testing.