Sensitive Words: The Bo Xilai Edition

Sensitive Words: The Bo Xilai Edition

As of April 10, the following search terms are blocked on Weibo (not including the “search for user” function):

Commission for Discipline Inspection, filed for investigation, investigate, Guang Li*, Neil, British businessman, British housekeeper, Kang Shifu (re-tested), Xu Ming (re-tested)

Words Related to Bo Xilai: Bo (re-tested), Xi, Guagua, BO, XI, Chongqing, hotpot*, tomato*, King of the Southwest*, Minister of Yu*, not thin* (re-tested), King Who Pacifies the West (re-test)

Words Related to Gu Kailai: Gu, Kailai, GU, KAILAI

Words Related to Wang Lijun: Wang Lijuan, head nurse, Energetic Wang, Wang Li jun, Lijun (re-tested), wanglijun, WLJ (re-tested), defect, Lai’s bright minister (re-tested), U.S. consulate (re-tested)

Other Related Terms: Central Committee, usurp party leadership, Wen Xiang*, political struggle, inner struggle (re-test)

* Coded Terms:

Guang Li = Kang Shifu = Zhou Yongkang

Chongqing hotpot = King of the Southwest = King Who Pacifies the West = Minister of Yu = tomato = Bo Xilai

Head Nurse Wang Lijuan = Energetic Wang = Lai’s bright minister = Wang Lijun

Wen Xiang = Wen Jiabao

Note: 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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