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North Korea has added Instagram to its Blacklist of banned websites this week.

Eric Talmadge, the Pyongyang Bureau Chief of the Associated Press, reports that users who attempt to access the Instagram website or app are greeted with government alerts. The message reads, “Warning! You can’t connect to this website because it’s in blacklist site” due to “harmful content.”

These warnings have been have been appearing on and off for the past five days. Koryolink, a North Korean mobile operator, says its unaware of any official policy change regarding Instagram. The North Korean government has also been quiet about the issue with no official notice.

A large majority of North Koreans don’t have access to internet, but in 2013, the government granted mobile access to foreigners for a hefty price of $450 for 2 gigabytes of data. Journalists and tourists use social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to document citizens in the otherwise isolated country.

Photojournalists like David Guttenfelder (@everydayprk) have garnered tens of thousands of followers by sharing rare photos of North Korean life. A ban on Instagram has closed a valuable window into the closed-off nation.

It is unclear where the ban on Instagram has stemmed from but some speculate that the block is connected to a fire at a luxury hotel in Pyongyang on June 11. Despite government efforts to contain news of the fire—they cut internet services the day after the incident—photos of the fire managed to leak out of the country via Instagram.

Internet services reemerged on June 16 and Instagram entered the blacklist around the same time.

“There’s no better place to test the power of photography and social media than a place like North Korea,” Guttenfelder told The Verge. “The photography that has been posted has been a really important part of illuminating a country that we don’t know anything about… I think it’s a shame if they aren’t able to continue to do it.”

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