With news media across the globe reacting to this year’s Nobel Peace Prize announcement, authorities in the winner’s homeland are racing to delete his name from all public domains.
Type “Liu Xiaobo” — or “Nobel Peace Prize,” for that matter — in search engines in China and hit return, you get a blaring error page.
It’s the same for the country’s increasingly popular micro-blogging sites. “Nobel Prize” was the top-trending topic until the authorities acted to remove all mentions of the award.
Propaganda officials have also pulled the plug on international broadcasters — including CNN — whenever stories about Liu air.
Text-messaging on mobile phones is not immune from censors, either. A Shanghai-based netizen, @littley, tweeted his unfortunate experience: “My SIM card just got de-activated, turning my iPhone to an iPod touch after I texted my dad about Liu Xiaobo winning the Nobel Peace Prize.”