Sensitive Words: Detainees, Activists and Fugitives

Sensitive Words: Detainees, Activists and Fugitives

As of April 7, the following search terms are blocked on Weibo (not including the “search for user” function):

Hot Keywords:

  • Xiāo Yǒng [肖勇],Ōu Róngguì 欧荣贵,Yáng Chóng [杨崇],Liú Shānjuān [刘珊娟],Huáng Wénxūn [黄文勋] (These five were detained for demonstrating in Guangdong. They were calling on Hu Jintao to make his assets publicly known.)
  • Zhāng Xīnqǐ [张新起] (Zhang is the newly appointed mayor of Qingdao. He has had lawns dug up and planted densely with new trees, earning him the Weibo nickname “Tree Planting Magnate [zhòngshù dàwáng 种树大王]。”)

Hot Keyword Retest:


  • gov

Note: All Chinese-language words are tested using simplified characters. The same terms in traditional characters occasionally return different results. Read the original post on CDT Chinese here.

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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