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France’s reaction to the Islamist butchery of Charlie Hebdo staff for artwork unacceptable to Islam has been to ban Sankaku Complex in France, apparently for artwork unacceptable to the French government – with traffic from French users now being hijacked and redirected to a government warning page as part of its newly enacted internet censorship regime.

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France has finally joined such bastions of liberty as Russia, China and much of the Islamic world in opting to ban its citizens from viewing material which might harm their fragile little minds, erecting a virtual Maginot line against the evils of 2D artwork.

According to mainstream news reports, France is cracking down on Islamist attacks on freedom of expression by cracking down on freedom of expression in France, attacking sites deemed to be supporting terrorism and child pornography with blocks forced on local ISPs.

Which sites are blocked are – in the best traditions of secret police actions – secret, but Sankaku Complex is amongst them (along with Islamic State affiliated sites, perhaps illustrating the severity of the threat posed by Japanese visual culture to the Fifth Republic).

With no public scrutiny or judicial oversight of any kind, France’s attack on the free exchange of information within its borders has already been criticised as a violation of Article 8 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Sadly, that hysteria over terrorism and child pornography have been yet again exploited as an excuse to implement an unaccountable Internet censorship system which can rapidly be expanded to block any content the state does not approve of is now hardly surprising, although that a zealous attack specifically designed to destroy free artistic expression has prompted those being attacked to zealously attack it themselves certainly introduces some novel irony to the situation.

Affected visitors to Sankaku Channel only received a warning message making claims that the site is hosting child pornography (such as the works of Jean-Léon Gérôme, no doubt):

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The complete text of the ministère de l’intérieur’s original block warning, which for some reason is in French:

Vous avez été redirigé vers cette page du site du ministère de l’Intérieur car vous avez tenté de vous connecter à un site comportant des images de pornographie enfantine.

Pourquoi ?
– Pour protéger la dignité des victimes des abus visibles sur ces images.
– Pour protéger les internautes et notamment les plus jeunes, afin qu’ils ne se trouvent pas confrontés à des images choquantes.
– Pour que les personnes qui tentent de visionner ces images puissent prendre conscience de la gravité de leur attirance.
– Pour lutter contre les sites qui marchandent ces images.
Cette redirection est conforme à l’article 6-1 de la loi du 21 juin 2004 pour la confiance dans l’économie numérique, modifiée par la loi du 13 novembre 2014 renforçant les dispositions relatives à la lutte contre le terrorisme.
Si vous estimez que la page bloquée n’est pas illicite, vous pouvez contester la présente décision. Pour connaître les voies et délais de recours, cliquez ici.

Votre redirection vers cette page d’information ne signifie pas que vous allez faire l’objet de poursuites judiciaires. Cependant, la pornographie enfantine et sa consultation habituelle sont interdites par la loi.
Que dit l’article 6-1 de la loi du 21 juin 2004 pour la confiance dans l’économie numérique ?

L’autorité administrative peut demander à l’éditeur ou à l’hébergeur d’un contenu pédopornographique de le retirer.
Si l’éditeur et l’hébergeur du contenu illicite refusent de le retirer ou s’ils ne sont pas joignables, l’autorité administrative peut en demander le blocage aux fournisseurs d’accès à Internet.
La liste des adresses bloquées est élaborée par des enquêteurs de la direction centrale de la police judiciaire.
Les demandes de retrait et de blocage formulées par l’autorité administrative sont contrôlées par une personnalité qualifiée et indépendante.

Que prévoit l’article 227-23 du code pénal ?
Enregistrer, copier ou diffuser une image de pornographie enfantine est interdit par loi et punissable d’emprisonnement.
Cette interdiction concerne les photographies et les vidéos et également les images de synthèse, dessins et animations.
Il suffit de consulter des images de pornographie enfantine sur Internet pour enfreindre la loi. Consulter de telles images encourage les éditeurs de pornographie enfantine à produire plus d’images.
En cas de doute sur l’âge des personnes figurant sur des images pornographiques, il ne faut pas les visualiser, ni les enregistrer.

The content that so offended the French censors as to warrant such treatment remains unknown – no warning, notification or other communication of any kind was received by Sankaku Complex from the French authorities, and no recourse has been offered.

With almost 5 million posts on the affected subdomain, almost all of which are comprised of 2D artwork legal in all but the most backwardly repressive of jurisdictions, just what exactly provoked both such a grossly indiscriminate response and Sankaku Complex now sharing a distinction formerly only enjoyed by sites advocating global jihad is a mystery.

Indeed, the first indication of any kind that the site was blocked only came in the form of complaints from French users about their inability to access the site, and their shock at being confronted by a state block in their supposedly free nation.

Other popular sites hosting 2D artwork of a not infrequently adult nature (not least Pixiv and NicoNico Seiga, as well as various related English language sites) seem to have escaped the proscription, suggesting the censors are idiots as well as fascists.

The block affects the entire Sankaku Channel subdomain, though not other subdomains of the site, meaning users will be still be able to access certain parts of the site (including, hopefully, this news article), at least until the French interior deems them subversive and blocks them too.

As Sankaku Complex now encrypts all traffic by default to better protect the security and privacy of its users, most censored users will not see anything but an error message when accessing the site with HTTPS (as such encryption prevents governments and criminals from masquerading as the site), but traffic from affected users accessing the HTTP version of the site will be hijacked and they will be confronted by a warning.

In the best tradition of pointless censorship, the block is trivial to circumvent – France has apparently chosen the “DNS poisoning” method of censorship to implement its regime, forcing collaborator ISPs (though apparently not all of them are affected) to hijack lookups of proscribed domains and misdirect visitors to the government’s warning page.

Much as in Russia or other such enlightened nations, using a VPN is enough to completely bypass the block and prevent state spying on private communications; using a DNS server not beholden to the French government is another (very easy) option – Google provides freely available and uncensored DNS servers to all those trapped in less free nations.


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    Comment by Anonymous
    10:36 25/06/2015 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Damn, should've been "Sankaku Complex Fires R-i-f-t for being a Fudanshi" news.

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    Comment by The Kudinator
    05:40 25/06/2015 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Translation of the most important bit of the warning (I'm shocked that I remember so much French):

    "You have been redirected towards the Interior Minister's page because you have tried to connect to a site containing pornographic images of children.

    Why?
    - To protect the dignity of the victims of abuse who are visible in these images.
    - To protect internet users, especially the youngest, so that they don't find themselves confronted by these shocking images.
    - To enable people trying to look at these images to think about the gravity of their fetish.
    - To fight against sites that make money from these images."

    I'm sure that the drawings who are visible in these shocking images of abuse will be happy that the French government is protecting their dignity.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:58 25/06/2015 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Dear censors,

    you should seek therapy because you are unable to distinguish between reality and fiction, and I'm pretty sure people with that sort of problem are prescribed medication for it.

    And nothing more need be said.

    Comment by Anonymous

    really? Sankaku thinks it's because of the art? you really should take a look at what some people post
    in the comments, some months back I had the unpleasant
    experience of following a link posted in the comments
    expecting a joke or something related, and it was a link to some nude pics of what i am pretty sure were minors.
    so like it or not the french do have some basis for their claim, who knows how many more links like that are scattered around the comments.

    Avatar of Ore wa seitei Souther!! Nanto rokusei no teiho![Takemaru]
    15:07 25/06/2015 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Could you share that link? I would like to check it our for educational purposes.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:36 25/06/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    You mean you don't check if the links are safe before you follow them?

    Shame on you.

    Comment by Anonymous

    why would anyone even joke about wanting to see real cp? thats not funny, ugh. anyways, ive been coming here since the site first started and ive hardly ever seen anyone post urls in the comments, and of all the ones i have seen they have never been for anything like cp.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:24 25/06/2015 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Meanwhile, hundreds of fictional characters are being brutally murdered in games like Hatred, GTA, and Postal - wont some brave government step up and protect the lives of these depictions of people?!?

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    Comment by Dark Mage
    13:39 25/06/2015 # ! Good (+0.4)

    I killed so many people in Command and Conquer.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:23 26/06/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    I eradicated billions in Civ...

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:52 04/07/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    I slaughtered my own comrades and nearly brought humanity to the brink in Dodonpachi.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:16 25/06/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Australia will

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:57 25/06/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Could you please elaborate? Some kind of regulation is brewing over there?

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:42 25/06/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lol'd irl
    well played sir

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:09 26/06/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    https://torrentfreak.com/australia-passes-pirate-site-blocking-law-150622/

    Only a matter of time before sites like this get blocked to...

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:16 25/06/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    All you needed to mention was MKX, lol. That shit even makes me feel queezy.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:43 25/06/2015 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Dear France

    Thanks for protecting my honor.

    Love

    Hestia

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:58 25/06/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ditto!

    Illya

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:45 25/06/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    LOL XDXD

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:10 25/06/2015 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Yeah... like... Drawn characters have an voice in reality, yo. *facepalms*

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:15 25/06/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    I'd laugh if this is really happening because they ignorantly assume the real japanese models on this site sometimes look too young to be legal. Ahh, the near immortal youth of the Japanese....

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:21 26/06/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    But they do... they're called voice actors!

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:24 25/06/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    VOTE RIGHTS FOR FICTIONAL CHARACTERS NAO.

    This is retarded....

    Comment by Anonymous

    It's not protecting the rights of fictional characters, it's stopping a child from seeing a amputated limbed baby being raped by an ogre when they search for anime images. I dont agree with the law, but with all the loliverts and images depicting babies being raped, there needs to be a block on certain images.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:56 25/06/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's the fault of parents who didn't bother to install internet filter for children and separate account/pc/tablet/whatever to use.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:58 25/06/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    No, sancom is the only place that has that lol so i WON'T end up seeing that

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:31 25/06/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    So basically you want to censor the entirety of the internet, because whenever you're going, you WILL end up seeing something "bad" for children.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:06 26/06/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    seriously? raped baby by monsters?
    dude I've been on sankaku for years now, I'm an adult and I've NEVER seen those! why? cos I don't fucking look for that kind of crap!
    it's not something you can find on front page or in the article so stop blaming sankaku for user submitted crap that not only you can avoid, but you actually have to LOOK for it to find it!

    And btw that applies to the whole internet in general, if you want to see dirty shit you can look for it and you'll find it

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:36 26/06/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    that shit is only on the chan and there's no way to stumble onto it accidently unless you're trying to look for something fucked up. does anyone even remember being a kid? I always tried to be so damn cautious on the internet cuz i was afraid to see something i didnt want to, and when i did i knew it was wrong and quickly got away from it. seeing this shit isnt going to instantly brainwash any kid into becoming a psycho perv. give kids more credit than that, please.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:53 25/06/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dude pixels have feelings too you know.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:42 27/06/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    prove it!

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:39 25/06/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    2D girls need the protection of UNESCO. Haven't you listened to Agnes Chan?

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:48 25/06/2015 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Too bad, how will french people now get to know about Sankaku's newest top 10 lists?

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:52 25/06/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    we still can access sankaku complex.

    only the chan gallery was blocked.

    Tor network connected pirate browser goes through the censorship though.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:49 25/06/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Holy shit so that's why I can't access the chan part anymore... My god this country is turning into shit real fast.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:58 28/06/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    I know right? :(

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:55 25/06/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    As usual. The site is not blocked: I can access it normaly. This news was certainly a fake.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:09 25/06/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Try to access again : https://chan.sankakucomplex.com/

    chan server is blocked. Not the others.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:50 25/06/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm French, I don't use proxy or anything else and I can access to every domain of sankaku.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:55 25/06/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Same thing with (atleast one of them) the Russian ISP - everything works except chan subdomain.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:50 26/06/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's not a fake:
    chan.sankakucomplex.com
    doesn't work using the DNS by Orange.

    But it's ok with google DNS.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:30 26/06/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    We can't have a normal access to the 2D gallery.

    Quote from another news.

    05:40 02/06/2015

    Not the place but looks like france has blocked all the 2D gallery to be viewed by its population because pedo, you know...

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:31 26/06/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    02/06/2015

    This is old now, sankaku is slow on this.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:02 26/06/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    French and have acces to all sankaku and chan ... i have orange too :p

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:16 26/06/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    I can access both sankakucomplex and chan.sankakucomplex.com whithout any problem. So it's either not for all ISPs or I dunno maybe it got unbanned due to complaints already.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:29 25/06/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Mhmm I'm French and I can go on sankaku :)

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:06 25/06/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Same here.
    No proxy, and my ISP is Orange.

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    Comment by Crowzer
    20:49 25/06/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Same here. French and Orange but chan.sankakucomplex.com still not worked for weeks now. So use TOR.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:25 25/06/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hi from Russia)

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:56 26/06/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Don't worry, only ISP DNS block. I'm from France with the Google DNS and everything is fine :)

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:05 27/06/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Same here, no problem accessing the site from french IP... Do not worry, friends around the world, our state is so incapable and ignorant when it comes to the internet that they only end up embarassing themselves.

    それに注意を払っていないしてください。

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:24 26/06/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Chan gallery is now blocked indeed ("Free" ISP). I switched to Google DNS, works perfect.








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