HK LIFE – How to Bypass the South China Morning Post Paywall 6

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 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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  • 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.

  • Stripped Pixel

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

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