Minitrue: Ai Weiwei Appears on CCTV
The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online. The name of the issuing body has been omitted to protect the source.
All video websites are kindly asked to immediately remove the September 7, 2014 episode of “Mr. Bole’s Weidou Show.” (September 15, 2014)
Ai Weiwei, the artist and dissident who was detained for 81 days in 2011, appeared for mere seconds on a late-night segment. Interviewees were asked to summarize their youth in one word. Ai chose “sleepiness” (昏睡). South China Morning Post has translated the segment, which was quickly scrubbed from the CCTV website.
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