Sensitive Words: Village Siege, Dead Pigs, More
As of March 12, the following search terms are blocked on Sina Weibo (not including the “search for user” function).
Shangpu Siege: On February 22, the sale of land to the village chief ignited violent protest in Shangpu, Guangdong Province. The fighting has continued; Taiwan’s Liberty Times reports that 3,000 armed police were dispatched to the village yesterday [zh]. Shangpu is located in Jiexi County, Jieyang City.
• Jieyang (揭阳)
• Jiexi (揭西)
• pestilence (瘟疫): Over 5,000 dead pigs have been found in the Huangpu, a major source of Shanghai’s drinking water.
• yu veggie chicken (yu素鸡): Yu Zhengsheng, the outgoing Party secretary of Shanghai. He was appointed chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) yesterday. “Veggie chicken” sounds like the Shanghai pronunciation of “secretary.” See the September 7, 2012 edition of Sensitive Words.
• Toad Spirit (蛤蟆精): Jiang Zemin
• Jin Renqing (金人庆): Former minister of finance. Jin stepped down in 2007 after falling into a Taiwanese honey trap.
• riot (暴乱)
• Commu-kidding Party (哄产党): A play on “communist party” (共产党). See the March 6 edition of Sensitive Words.
All Chinese-language words are tested using simplified characters. The same terms in traditional characters occasionally return different results.
Browse all of CDT’s collected sensitive words in this bilingual Google spreadsheet.
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.