As of May 2, the following search terms are blocked on Weibo (not including the “search for user” function):
Hot Keywords: Chaoyang Hospital + Gary Locke, Chaoyang Hospital + Washington Post (The Post confirmed that Ambassador Locke accompanied Chen to the Chaoyang Hospital)
Netizen Reposts: escape from prison (a meme referring to Chen’s escape from house arrest), Rebel Pepper (political cartoonist who has recently posted a number of drawings about Chen, including the one here)
Place Names: Frozen Corpse Bone (retested: sounds like Dongshigu, Chen’s hometown), linyi (pinyin), consulate, US embassy (retested)
Media: Radio France Internationale, Apple Daily (retested)
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.
Image by Rebel Pepper (变态辣椒)