HK LIFE – How to Bypass the South China Morning Post Paywall 12


Traditionally, the new South China Morning Mouthpiece‘s semi-porous paywall allows non-subscribers 4 free articles before locking them out…

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To bypass this limit, simply open SCMP.com in an ‘incognito window’ in Google’s Chrome browser. Again, you will be limited to just four articles, but you can reset this by closing the window and re-opening another incognito window…

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This browser plug-in for Chrome allows one-click access to new incognito windows.

Limitless journalism ‘for free’ is probably a bad thing in the long-run – but Hong Wrong is happy to share this workaround until SCMP’s editor Wang Xiangwei quits.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/john.hutton.3720 John Hutton

    There is (or was) another way which I stumbled across by accident. I used to run a script-blocking program in conjunction with Firefox, which limited the SCMP’s functionality, but didn’t, as far as I could tell, place any limits on the number of articles you could read.

    I used to like the SCMP, but from what I’ve been hearing about it over the past year, I’m inclined to like it less.

    • Guest_47

      Ever since Jake Van Der Kamp and Tom Holland left the Monitor, there’s no point getting the SCMP any more. Their front page news is always something that interest no one. As an ex-client, I was angered by the way they insist on knowing everything single thing about you in order to order their newspaper. Income, place of birth, everything was mandatory. Of course we all just said we were Nobel Prize winners from South Pole, earning trillions of dollars per year. Later the backtracked and said they won’t ask about income but still insisted on asking everything. I thought it was just the local admin staff. But another time, I called up one of their British staff for something. It was a simple request that they had every right to reject, but was surprised that I had not even finished my cordial introduction when I was interrupted and he basically said no and hung up on me. That’s all fine, I am sure most newspapers are like this too. But what annoyed me is their pretence that they are the conscience of Hong Kong and helping to bring the blight of the people to the attention of others. Rubbish. They simply focus in niche areas that are heart warming but have absolutely no real impact to society. A kid with cancer hoping to get a wish, or an immigrant who might be deported shouldn’t be front page news. Anyway chip on my shoulder perhaps? Well after Jake Van Der Kamp and Tom Holland left I cancelled my subscription. Saw on the telly what’s happening to Hong Kong and wanted to get some more information from SCMP. After a few pages the pay wall comes up. Yeah, real conscience of Hong Kong… really showing the world the blight of the protestors. The Paywall is all they care about.

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.hutton.3720 John Hutton

    There is (or was) another way which I stumbled across by accident. I used to run a script-blocking program in conjunction with Firefox, which limited the SCMP’s functionality, but didn’t, as far as I could tell, place any limits on the number of articles you could read.

    I used to like the SCMP, but from what I’ve been hearing about it over the past year, I’m inclined to like it less.

  • maryhui

    Does this work with other paywalls as well?

    • Tom

      It works only with ‘porous paywalls’ – i.e. where the ‘first-few’ articles are open access, such as the New York Times.

  • maryhui

    Does this work with other paywalls as well?

    • Tom

      It works only with ‘porous paywalls’ – i.e. where the ‘first-few’ articles are open access, such as the New York Times.

  • http://www.strippedpixel.com/blog/ Stripped Pixel

    This is the best tip I’ve ever seen. Thanks so much. Free journalism here I come!

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  • Guest_47

    SCMP always PRETENDS to have the moral high ground. What an arrogant and hypocritical attitude. The world needs to see what’s happening in Hong Kong’s democratic protests, and yet they still have the paywall up. Money rules the day I guess. What a journalist disgrace. Thanks for the tip.

  • WilliamVague

    Thanks SCMP is not worth the high subscription rates. They need to find another way of making money.