Sensitive Words: Ningbo Protests and Wen Jiabao
The following search terms are blocked on Sina Weibo (not including the “search for user” function):
Ningbo Protests: More blocked terms have accumulated over the weekend and Monday, even as the city government has postponed the planned expansion of a local petrochemical plant.
Blocked as of October 28:
- Mayor Liu Ji (市长刘奇): Protesters have called for the Ningbo mayor to step down [zh].
- Tianyi Square (天一广场): One of the locations of protests.
- demonstration (游行): Re-tested.
Blocked as of October 29:
- Liu Ji (刘奇)
- Wang Huizhong (王辉忠): The Ningbo Party Secretary,
- Ningbo + college student (宁波+大学生): Ningbo authorities vehemently deny the rumor that a college student was beaten to death by police during the protests. The official effort to dispel this rumor has had little effect.
- Ningbo + memorial service (宁波+追悼会): Netizens have circulated photos of what they claim was a memorial service for the slain student.
- Ningbo + Public Security Bureau + Wang Weibiao (宁波+公安局+王伟标): Netizens also attest that Wang Weibiao, Deputy Director of the Ningbo Public Security Bureau, shouted at protesters that anyone singing the national anthem would be arrested.
Read more about the protests here.
Wen Jiabao’s Family Wealth: The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs states the New York Times report on the Wen family’s personal wealth “blackens China’s name and has ulterior motives.” The Wen family lawyers issued a statement published in the South China Morning Post, claiming “the so-called ‘hidden riches’ of Wen Jiabao’s family members in The New York Times’ report does not exist.”
Blocked as of October 28:
- wen + hundred million (wen+亿)
- wen + family (wen+家人)
- wen + New York (wen+纽约)
- wen + assets (wen+财产)
- wen + wealth (wen+财富)
- prime minister + family (总理+家人)
- prime minister + family (总理+家族)
- prime minister + assets (总理+财产)
- prime minister + wealth (总理+财富)
- Wen general (温总): 总 zǒng is the first part of “prime minister” (总理 zǒnglǐ).
- Zhang Beili (张蓓莉): Alternate writing of Zhang Beili, the name of Wen Jiabao’s wife.
Note: All Chinese-language words are tested using simplified characters. The same terms in traditional characters occasionally return different results.
CDT Chinese runs a project that crowd-sources filtered keywords on Sina Weibo search. CDT independently tests the keywords before posting them, but some searches later become accessible again. We welcome readers to contribute to this project so that we can include the most up-to-date information. To add words, check out the form at the bottom of CDT Chinese’s latest sensitive words post.