This Week on CDT, May 8, 2014
Since the detention of free-speech lawyer Pu Zhiqiang, netizens have reacted by posting messages of implicit support for him. These messages of solidarity have caught the attention of the “Ministry of Truth,” which in turn issued directives instructing websites to remove references to the alleged “disturbance” created by Pu Zhiqiang and his fellow June 4th commemorators. In CDT cartoonist Badiucao’s rendering, Pu Zhiqiang’s heavy gaze penetrates the screen and his hands mime the numbers six and four, shorthand for the student-led democracy movement and subsequent military crackdown of June 4, 1989.
CDT continues to publish a series of original news articles from 1989, including an excerpt from a May 8 article published in Time Magazine.
Also cited for removal by censors were coverage of the clash between Vietnamese naval ships and Chinese oil exploration vessels and stories about a research center created to strengthen the study of the essence of Xi Jinping’s speeches. “Do not hype bitcoins,” censors urge in advance of the May 10-11 Global Bitcoin Summit, to be held in Beijing.
Finally this week, World of Warcraft: Cry Against Internet Censorship tells the story of the hero of a machinima movie and the character’s memorable rallying cry.