Sensitive Words: Labor Camp, Bird Flu, and More

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

Women’s Labor Re-education Camp (马三家女子劳教所): An investigative report on the camp, which exposes torture of inmates, appears in the April issue of the mainland magazine Lens. According to a leaked propaganda directive translated by CDT, the media are under instruction not to report on the article.

ten years ago+ ten years later (十年前非典+十年后禽流感): The beginning of a short piece circulating online comparing the official response to SARS in 2003 and the now, translated below:

SARS ten years ago, bird flu ten years later. The Pearl River Delta ten years ago, the Yangtze River Delta ten years later. Delayed action ten years ago, delayed action ten years later. False reports ten years ago, false reports ten years later. Banlangen ten years ago, banlangen ten years later. Experts blathering ten years ago, experts blathering yet again ten years later. We saw all of this ten years ago. Nothing has changed, nothing at all has changed. We have come full circle and ended were we began. We donkeys are so stupid it’s tragic. Only the virus has made a change.

十年前非典,十年后禽流感。十年前珠三角,十年后长三角。十年前拖延,十年后仍然拖延。十年前瞒报,十年后继续瞒报。十年前板蓝根,十年后还是板蓝根。十年前专家胡扯,十年后专家又在胡扯。十年一切照旧,没有改变,没有任何改变。转了一圈,回到原点,我们象驴,笨到哀伤,只有病毒在用心改变。

Alternate Renderings of “Chairman” (主席 zhǔxí):

• bamboo mat (竹席 zhúxí)
• pig Xi (猪习 zhū Xí): The second character is ’s surname.
• pig mat (猪席 zhū xí)
• lord Xi (主习 zhǔ Xí)
• zhu mat (zhu席 zhu xí)

All Chinese-language words are tested using simplified characters. The same terms in traditional characters occasionally return different results.

Browse all of CDT’s collected sensitive words in this bilingual Google spreadsheet.

CDT Chinese runs a project that crowd-sources filtered keywords on Sina 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. To add words, check out the form at the bottom of CDT Chinese’s latest sensitive words post.