Sensitive Words: Ilham (Tohti), Song Binbin & More
As of January 17, the following search terms are blocked on Sina Weibo (not including the “search for user” function).
- Ilham (伊力哈木): Economics professor and Uyghur activist Ilham Tohti was detained on January 15 in Beijing.
- Song Binbin+Cultural Revolution (宋彬彬＋文革): Ms. Song has publicly apologized for her role in the murder of her teacher during the Cultural Revolution.
- Li Dongsheng+sexual bribe (李东生＋性贿赂): Rumor has it that Li used his position as vice president of CCTV in the 1990s to obtain sexual favors. He was removed from his post as vice minister of Public Security on Christmas Day, possibly in connection to the corruption probe of Zhou Yongkang.
- sex tape (性爱视频): Shaanxi official Qing Guogang was dismissed from his post at the provincial Party school after screenshots from a sex tape surfaced this week.
- scumbag+ranked list (人渣＋排行榜): The “2013 China Shitlist” (2013年中国人渣排行榜) is out. CCTV’s nightly news show, Xinwen Lianbo, was voted into first place.
- PLA 301+bomb (解放军301+炸弹): Zhou Yongkang is rumored to have attempted to assassinate Xi Jinping twice in 2012, once with a poisoned injection during a physical examination at the PLA 301 Hospital, and with a bomb at the Beidaihe conference.
- On Xi (习上): It is unclear why this is blocked, but it probably refers to Xi Jinping.
- Mao [Zedong]+Qin Shi Huang (毛＋秦始皇): Qin Shi Huang was the first emperor of the Qin Dynasty, reigning from 220 to 210 B.C.E.
- Mao+homicide (毛＋杀人)
- Mao+monster (毛＋魔鬼)
- Garden Networks (花园网): Provider of free Internet censorship circumvention tools.
Via CDT Chinese.
Browse all of CDT’s collected sensitive words on our bilingual Google spreadsheet.
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.
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